Gina Mestre allegedly tipped off murder suspect Andrew Done

Ex-NYPD cop Gina Mestre, left, is accused in a federal gang racketeering case after she allegedly helped her boyfriend flee an arrest in a murder of a rival and was one of several officers who identified him as the perpetrator in a surveillance video. (Mestre photo from NYPD; surveillance video from U.S. the Attorney’s Office)

A former New York police officer is accused of tipping off her gangster boyfriend that authorities were after him in a cold-blooded murder of a rival in what authorities called a shameless abuse of public trust.

Gina Mestre, 33, who was on the force for nine years, was arrested on Tuesday night, authorities said this week. An indictment alleges she served as an accessory to murder and obstructing a grand jury investigation. She faces charges including racketeering, conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, and accessory after the fact to murder in aid of racketeering, officials said.

She pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday and was released on $250,000 personal recognizance bond, the New York Times reported.

Her lawyer, Matthew Kluger, declined to comment.

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