ISLANDIA, New York (June 14, 2018) — A cop and his wife have been busted in a plot to knock over a Long Island casino where she worked, prosecutors said.
Nassau County Police Officer Bruce Moeller and his wife, Christina Moeller, had allegedly been scheming since March to commit an armed robbery at Jake’s 58 Hotel and Casino in Islandia. Christina worked as a cashier at the casino, prosecutors said.
Bruce Moeller was busted as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation in Suffolk County, that has already nabbed two other Nassau cops, Newsday reported. It is not clear how the other arrests connect to the planned casino heist.
The three police officers have been suspended without pay.
The Moellers have pleaded not guilty and Bruce was released on $30,000 bond. Christina Moeller was released on $50,000 bond.
“We plan to strongly defend against these allegations,” said Bruce’s attorney, William Petrillo “[Moeller] served the country in the Marines for four years, including two tours in Afghanistan where he received approximately nine medals for heroic combat.”
Christina Moeller’s lawyer said she began working at Jake’s about a year ago — after her father died — and has a clean record.
“She’s never been arrested,” said attorney Thomas Spreer. “We have to explore what the district attorney’s allegation is. She has never been in trouble.”
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder called the arrests “disappointing and disheartening” and said the officers will remain suspended while an internal affairs investigation is conducted.
“We hold our members to an exceptionally high standard and these individuals do not represent the professionalism and honesty exhibited by the men and women of the Nassau County Police Department,” he said.