An NYPD pilot claims he was wrongfully stripped of his gun and badge after his nurse wife was arrested for allegedly participating in a COVID-19 vaccine fraud scheme.
Derin De Vouno filed a motion with the New York County Supreme Court this week asking to be fully reinstated by the NYPD after being placed on modified duty following the arrest of his wife, Julie De Vouno, in January .
Julie De Vouno, owner of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville, was charged with forgery and offering a false instrument of deposit, a felony. after he allegedly used his Long Island medical center to make $1.5 million by selling fake vaccine cards.
After his wife was arrested, Derin De Vouno was stripped of his job, meaning he was forced to surrender his gun and badge, according to court documents showing he was denied benefits retirement due to his changed status after leaving the department in August.
The court filing goes on to call the department’s decision to place De Vouno on restricted duty “irrational” and “arbitrary” because he had not been involved in his wife’s alleged scheme.
“However, even if it could be argued that the NYPD might have believed that
[Derin De Vouno] may have been involved in the allegations against his wife, which he certainly was not once it became clear to the NYPD that [he] was not involved, there was no justification for keeping him on modified assignment,” the petition states.
Julie De Vouno is still awaiting trial and is due back in court on January 13.
Her husband had worked for the department for just over 20 years and had been trained to fly helicopters and airplanes for the department.
In January 2020, De Vouno was tied up on a five-day vacation after being accused of using his aerial skills to fly an NYPD spy plane down a penis-shaped road to send a message to a supervisor he was against. anger.
He had also been accused of making incorrect flight entries and failing to carry out flight investigations.