Police bust fake law enforcement school

July 1, 2008 2:42:06 PM PDT
A Staten Island man was busted Tuesday morning for allegedly running a fake federal law enforcement training school out of his house -- and distributing some 3,000 fake badges to his students. Police say 49-year-old Robert, or "Roberto," Neves was charged in federal court with distribution of law enforcement federal-style badges and identification.

A co-conspirator, Ralph Rios, was reportedly also arrested in Miami.

Police say Neves is charged with running the "U.S. Recovery Bureau" school, which offered three-day courses in Passaic, Brooklyn and Washington Heights.

After the training, students were given phony police badges, adorned with a United States seal.

He allegedly distributed more than 3,000 badges to his students, who were charged $860 for the course. But the students were never given background checks.

Neves was a police officer in the mid-1990s, but was fired for filing false police reports.

Neves was released on $50,000 bail.