NYPD Officers Rex-Gene Maralit and his two brothers have been charged with illegally selling and shipping high-power weapons from the U.S. to the Philippines. Here’s what you should know about this allegedly lawless lawman and his high-profile gun-running case.
1. They Allegedly Sold Assault Rifles, Pistols and More to Filipino Buyers
Rex-Gene Maralit of the NYPD, Wilfredo Maralit of the Customs and Borders Protection office at Los Angeles International Airport, along with their younger brother Arial Maralit are accused of scheming to sell assault rifles, pistols, and firearm accessories to buyers in the Philippines without government approval between January 2009 and March 2013, according to the NY Daily News. They have been charged with conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and second count for conspiring to engage in unlicensed firearm dealing.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine.
Arial was living in the Philippines, finding potential buyers. He would e-mail his brothers the gun orders, according to the Washington Post. Rex-Gene and Wilfredo Maralit used their government agency credentials to buy the high-powered weaponry while demanding discounts because they worked within law enforcement.
The government is working with foreign police authorities in an effort to capture and extradite Arial, according to the NY Daily News.
2. Rex-Gene Had an NYPD Salary of $76K
According to FindTheData.com, Rex-Gene has been working for the NYPD since 2003, making an annual salary of $76,488, which according to the site, is 37% more than the average police department employee. As reported by the Washington Post, Rex-Gene is assigned to NYPD headquarters.
3. Prosecutors Want Rex-Gene Remanded
Because Rex-Gene is a naturalized U.S. citizen, federal prosecutors are concerned that he will attempt to flee the country to dodge his charges. In response, they have requested that the presiding judge remand the accused.
4. Authorities Have Released Photos of Rex-Gene Posing With the Guns
Federal agents have released a number of photos that depict Rex-Gene and his brothers posing with the weapons. The siblings e-mailed these photos to each other.
5. Rex-Gene Allegedly Stored the Weapons in His Family’s Home
When police raided Rex-Gene’s family home in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, they discovered multiple unsecured weapons. He lives in the house with his wife and three children, according to the NY Daily News.