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BUFFALO POLICE OFFICIAL SUSPENDED FOR 5 DAYS

A Buffalo deputy police commissioner Monday received a five-day suspension without pay for providing a Niagara County business with an employee's criminal record.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart made the decision after a hearing Monday afternoon involving the city corporation counsel's office and an Internal Affairs Division representative.

Frank L. Piracci, a 42-year veteran, was accused of giving a man's criminal record, or "rap sheet," to his employer. The criminal record was circulated and seen by a number of employees, embarrassing the man.

Piracci received the suspension after his guilty plea to a departmental charge.

Two weeks ago Piracci denied that criminal information was given to an employer in December and declined to comment on the allegations.

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