The mastermind of the crime ring, Ludwig Paz, has pleaded guilty to corruption and promoting prostitution. The scandal involved brothels in Brooklyn and beauty parlours in Queens. James Barron of The New York Times reports.

It was one of the worst police corruption scandals in New York City in recent years: a multi layered criminal operation that included brothels in Brooklyn and a numbers racket run out of beauty salons and a deli in Queens.

It took in millions of dollars. And it was all masterminded, investigators said, by a retired police detective who recruited at least seven police officers.