But what she didn't realize recognize or understand is that her dubious activities would one day come to light and put her on the wrong side of the law.
“This defendant allegedly stole a house from its rightful owner with the stroke of a pen, hoping no one would notice,” Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement. “But her brazen actions have unraveled and she will now be held accountable. That she is a veteran NYPD officer makes this alleged crime all the more disturbing.”
After Hudson died in 1993, her nephew and three other relatives didn’t bother much with the property, 23A Vernon Avenue. As such, they didn’t know that O’Neal had filed to claim ownership of the house.
O’Neal made a move to sell the house last year to a buyer, who, in order to ensure that everything was above board, contacted the real owners of the house. It’s at that point that the real property owners discovered that O’Neal had transferred the property to her name back in 2012.
O’Neal was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court where she pleaded not guilty through her lawyer.
“Bottom line is, she is not guilty,” King told reporters outside the courtroom. “And she’s going to vigorously defend the case.”
The officer, who’s been in service for 12 years, is currently on suspension without pay.