A Queens police officer involved in a deadly Long Island crash nearly two years ago was arrested on Thursday for allegedly using an NYPD-issued credit card to make unauthorized purchases of lights, sirens and other items for his own vehicle.
Edward Rosovich, 35, was charged on April 18 with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
According to charges, Rosovich was issued a “P” card, which can be used to make purchases on behalf of the NYPD with approval from a superior officer. On Sept. 8, 2016, Rosovich allegedly used his “P” card to buy six Motorola two-way business radios, six single wire earpieces, one multi-unit charger and a Pelican 1450 case, totaling $2,253. This purchase was not authorized by the NYPD.
It is alleged that on Nov. 8, 2016, Rosovich used his “P” card to make an unauthorized purchase of a light package for a vehicle. The requisition allegedly included lights, a speaker, siren, the Bullet Hide-A-Blast, LED Hide-A-Blasts, Mega Thins, hardware and light bars totaling $2,688.
On Aug. 10, 2017, Rosovich allegedly submitted a requisition for a Expand Car Clothes Hanger and an Iridium Extreme 957 satellite phone valued at $2,704. These unauthorized charges were a part of a larger requisition of items valued at $4,764.
On Sept. 7, 2017, defendant Rosovich ordered a GPS Logger, RF Detector, Multi Bug Detector, a cellphone, GPS bug detector and mobile phone spy detector in the amount of $1,920, which was unauthorized, as part of a larger authorized purchase totaling $3,891.
It is alleged that between Oct. 13, 2017, and April 6, 2018, Rosovich was seen operating his private vehicle during which time a Rhino Hitch, a GPS Logger and a Rhino Hitch Step were on his vehicle. Rosovich was also allegedly seen engaging the light package and siren to rush through traffic.
Rosovich was arrested at 4:30 pm. on April 18, where he allegedly admitted buying to the satellite phone with his “P card” and that he intended to reimburse the NYPD for the purchase.
In September 2016, Rosovich was involved in a crash on the Long Island Expressway that resulted in the deaths of two people. According to the New York Post, Rosovich was driving westbound when he struck the victims, who exited their vehicle after the car stalled in the HOV lane.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene and the passenger, an 18-year-old woman, died at the hospital. Rosovich, who suffered minor injuries, was not charged.