Alex Lichtenstein, center, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for bribing police officers to get dozens of gun permits.
That disclosure, made in Federal District Court in Manhattan, suggests that rather than winding down, a major federal investigation into corruption within the police department is still turning up new evidence of misconduct.
The revelation that additional officers had accepted cash and gifts came during the sentencing of Alex Lichtenstein, a member of the shomrim, a neighborhood patrol operating in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.
On Thursday, a judge sentenced Mr. Lichtenstein, known as Shaya, to 32 months in prison and told him that he had betrayed the “public trust by bribing and corrupting New York City police officers.”
As Mr. Lichtenstein prepared to report to prison, federal prosecutors hinted that their case against him had yielded new evidence “of money he was spreading to other police officers, throughout Brooklyn.”
The other officers were not named, but prosecutors said that the list included “high-ranking officers,” and that the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan had evidence of individual payments.
“He kept detailed records,” Russell Capone, an assistant United States attorney, said of Mr. Lichtenstein. “I have them right here,” he told Judge Sidney H. Stein. But Mr. Capone did not describe them much further, saying only that the records contained “more than 100 entries of payments made to — or things bought for — police officers” across Brooklyn.
Mr. Capone disclosed the existence of the records in arguing that Mr. Lichtenstein’s bribery scheme was not limited to the small gun-licensing division in Police Headquarters. But it was not immediately clear whether the United States attorney’s office intended to pursue these cash payments and gifts as a criminal matter.
Mr. Lichtenstein was arrested last year amid a major F.B.I. investigation into influence-peddling and bribery within the New York Police Department. F.B.I. investigators ultimately charged three businessmen, including Mr. Lichtenstein, in court papers that described how self-appointed police liaisons within the Orthodox community, such as Mr. Lichtenstein, exercised such influence within Police Headquarters that police commanders would turn to them for support when seeking a promotion. In Mr. Lichtenstein’s case, the charges were related to bribing officers in return for rubber-stamping handgun license applications.
The F.B.I. inquiry has so far resulted in charges against a police inspector and a deputy inspector, along with a sergeant and another officer.
“I have destroyed my life,” Mr. Lichtenstein, 45, said on Thursday. “I have hurt the people who mean the most to me.”
“I am disgraced by these mistakes,” he added.
More than 100 people were at the courthouse in Manhattan to support him, having come from the ultra-Orthodox communities of Borough Park and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and from as far away as Montreal. Many came prepared to tell the judge how Mr. Lichtenstein had rushed to their assistance in their time of need.
There was a widow whose husband had disappeared in the woods of New Hampshire; Mr. Lichtenstein had helped organize the search party and comforted her while she was grieving. There was the teenage runaway who had made it as far as Arizona before Mr. Lichtenstein helped persuade her to return to Brooklyn.
They came ready to speak, but Judge Stein said he had read closely the letters they had sent him regarding Mr. Lichtenstein’s charitable deeds. The judge redirected the sentencing hearing away from a discussion of Mr. Lichtenstein’s good deeds.
He had the prosecutor recount the particulars of the crime: Mr. Lichtenstein had bribed police officers to secure 25 to 50 gun licenses, with minimum scrutiny, for various people who had paid Mr. Lichtenstein thousands of dollars for his help.
“He was lessening the faith the people of New York had in their Police Department,” Judge Stein said.
With that, the hearing turned to confront an interesting question: Who was the corruptor, and who was the corrupted? Had Mr. Lichtenstein corrupted the police officers who accepted bribes, or did the officers deserve more of the blame?
“It takes two to tango,” Mr. Lichtenstein’s lawyer, Richard Finkel, said. He disputed the suggestion that it was “Mr. Lichtenstein who corrupted the Police Department.” Rather, the lawyer said, the two officers in the licensing division accused of taking payment or gifts “were already interested and willing to accept the payment.”
Judge Stein acknowledged that the precise genesis of the bribery scheme and who initiated it was not entirely clear.