Two NYPD officers are charged with selling copies of accident reports to people who were planning on using them to commit insurance fraud. According to a release [PDF] from Queens DA Richard Brown, Officers Danny Cano and Roberto Espinal took a total of $7,700 in cash for providing the documents.

Authorities say that Cano, a 36-year-old assigned to the 110th Precinct in Jackson Heights, received requests from "runners" via texts from March of this year through August asking for the names of accident victims. The "runners" then find the victims and try and persuade them to be treated by certain clinics and physicians who then bill the insurance companies exorbitant fees.

Cano allegedly brought the runners 13 names and addresses for a total of $6,200. Espinal, who was assigned to the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, allegedly gave out the names of seven victims for a total of $1,200 between May and August of this year. Authorities say that the two men were working independently of one another, and that the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau initiated the investigation after receiving allegations that officers were taking money for documents.

According to an analysis by Transportation Alternatives, the 110 and 115th Precincts have some of the highest incidents of speeding vehicles in the city. On Sunday a pedestrian was killed by a motorist in the 110th, and the 115th saw two pedestrians killed in the first six months of 2013.

Cano is charged with nine counts of third-degree bribe receiving and one count of official misconduct, while Espinal is charged with two counts of third-degree bribe receiving, five counts of second-degree receiving reward for official misconduct and one count of official misconduct. Both men face up to seven years in prison if convicted. Their next hearing is scheduled for October 9.

“The defendants are alleged to have been operating independently of each other in this accident victim solicitation scheme," Queens DA Richard Brown said in the release. "However, what they allegedly did have in common was that they both tarnished their NYPD badges by exploiting the misfortune of others to unjustly enrich themselves."

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly added, “I commend the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for initiating this investigation and for its unrelenting dedication to rooting out corruption and cases of misconduct.”