STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - An ex-police sergeant from Port Richmond is suing to get his job back after he was fired for ringing up porn and lingerie on his ex-girlfriend’s credit card, then sending her the items against her wishes.
Mario Buonviaggio, 42, claims in the suit filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court that being canned by the NYPD in January left him with no insurance to cover the cost of spinal-fusion surgery he faces as a result of an injury sustained while on the job.
Reached by phone at his home yesterday, the former undercover narcotics detective called the situation “a misfortune” before declining further comment.
Buonviaggio was a 20-year NYPD veteran before he pleaded guilty during a departmental trial to using a credit card and checking account belonging to his fellow cop and ex-gal-pal to purchase porn movies and other items, including a blowup doll, and sending her the unwanted packages.
His attorney, Rae Koshetz, was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Ms. Koshetz told the Daily News, “It was sophomoric stuff ... It was a lover’s-quarrel type of thing, and he showed poor judgment.”
The suit reportedly claims Buonviaggio has “constant pain” in his back, feet and left hand as a result of the injuries he sustained “protecting the public.”
In the suit, Buonviaggio called the firing, “conscience-shocking.”
Ms. Koshetz was quoted as saying, “I’d like to see the Police Department have a heart and do right by this officer.”