A New York Assemblywoman was accused today of having stolen tens of thousands of dollars for Superstorm Sandy victims in an 11-count felony charge revealed on Tuesday.
Parliamentarian New York Assemblywoman Pamela Harris, D-Brooklyn, is to be indicted on Tuesday afternoon before the federal court in Brooklyn, where she is confronted with fraud, conspiracy, witness manipulation, false testimony and obstruction of prosecution.
Harris is accused by the federal prosecutors of four separate fraudulent schemes, including two separate plans to defraud Superstorm Sandy funds by erroneously claiming that the 2012 storm has forced her from her home in Brooklyn and into a residence on Staten Island, the prosecutor said.
The 57-year-old legislature, first elected in 2015, is accused of having fraudulently pocketed $25,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and of not disclosing it during its recent bankruptcy proceedings.
She is also accused of keeping $23,000 in New York City funds meant for Coney Island generation distance, a nonprofit that she once led, and directing two people to lie to the FBI investigators when they were interviewed in their case.
“As alleged in the indictment, the defendant defrauded government agencies of tens of thousands of dollars in public funds and tried to obtain more fraudulently,” said Richard Donoghue, the interim U. S. Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, in a statement.
“She carried out her plans by harassing the state governments and New York City, and then obstructed a federal investigation of her crimes, while a seated deputy from the state of New York.
The New York Assemblywoman faces two counts of wire fraud, a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of making false statements, two counts of bankruptcy fraud, a count of witnesses manipulating and a count of conspiracy to interfere with justice.
09 Jan, 2018 – If you would like to read a more detailed report including a video check out the following story about the New York Assemblywoman over at NBC New York: Read more…