BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA. STAFF WRITER
Copyright 2006 Newsday, Inc.
A Queens detective accused of taking bribes has been fired by the NYPD four days before he would have been eligible to collect his pension, Newsday has learned.
The April 3 firing brings an inglorious end to the career of Rudy Prashad, or "Detective Rudy," as he was known among his colleagues and on the streets of Richmond Hill, the South Asian neighborhood where he made his mark as a critical liaison between the 102nd Precinct police and the residents there.
Prashad, whose full name is Rudranauth Toolasprashad, was suspended in February 2004 amid allegations that he had accepted cash in exchange for issuing parking permits and speeding up missing property reports for items that were lost in a 2002 fire at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill.
Prashad was working at the time in the Community Affairs Unit for the 102nd Precinct, a position that put him in close touch with the area's civic and religious groups.
Prashad, who is Guyanese and Hindu, was considered especially popular among the growing Guyanese and Sikh communities in the precinct and also worked well with Muslims, according to those who know him.
Mary Ann Carey, the district manager of Community Board 9, called news of the firing "horrible."
"There is nothing bad to say about the man," she said.
"He was always there to help. He was a very hard-working, dedicated community assistant in the police department. He worked long hours, he was at every meeting and, in my opinion, he was one of the best people in the police department."
After his suspension, more than 100 people from the area rallied in his defense outside the precinct station house.
Prashad, a 14-year veteran, put in his retirement papers last month and would have been eligible to collect his pension on April 7.
It was not immediately clear what actions the NYPD took against him following his suspension.
Prashad, who once had aspired to run for City Council, could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Darmin Bachu of South Richmond Hill, did not respond to a request for comment, but in the past has said Prashad is someone who "wouldn't take part in anything that would besmirch his character."
Newsday File Photo/Sune Woods Rudy Prashad in June 2000
April 18, 2006
NYPD fires popular officer on suspicion of taking bribes