CRIME

50-person bribe case sweeps in NYC inspectors, landlords; charges of payoffs to nix violations

  • People chained together cover their faces as they arrive for arraignment in a bribery scandal, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    People chained together cover their faces as they arrive for arraignment in a bribery scandal, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • People chained together arrive for arraignment in a bribery scandal, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    People chained together arrive for arraignment in a bribery scandal, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, right, speaks next to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance during a press conference to announce the indictment of 50 defendants involved in widespread housing fraud, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. Authorities say 16 city inspectors and dozens of landlords and contractors formed a network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed and procure phony orders to toss out tenants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, right, speaks next to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance during a press conference to announce the indictment of 50 defendants involved in widespread housing fraud, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. Authorities say 16 city inspectors and dozens of landlords and contractors formed a network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed and procure phony orders to toss out tenants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say 16 city inspectors and dozens of landlords and contractors formed a network of graft that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed and procure phony eviction orders.

Arraignments were underway Tuesday in the 50-person case. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and city Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters say the case involves 11 building inspectors, five housing inspectors and a raft of disparate schemes.

The city Buildings and Housing Preservation & Development departments note that they flagged the problems. They say several accused workers have resigned or been suspended.

Peters says 150 properties were re-inspected because of the case, and violations were corrected or construction was stopped.

He says no one actually was evicted due to the allegedly bogus orders to vacate.