Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

New York Democrat Accused of Stealing $25000 in Hurricane Sandy Money

NY Lawmaker Accused of Stealing Aid Designed to Help Superstorm Sandy Victims New York Democrat Accused of Stealing $25000 in Hurricane Sandy Money
Lisa Bryan | 10 January, 2018, 02:02

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris was arrested Tuesday on federal and city corruption charges, officials said.

Where her Coney Island neighbors saw devastation, crooked state Assemblywoman Pamela Harris envisioned opportunity - and cashed in.

Her lawyer, Joel Cohen, declined to comment prior to her arraignment, which was expected to occur within hours.

Not only was Harris accused of stealing from the government, she reportedly stole almost $25,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that was responsible for helping NY and New Jersey rebuild after Hurricane Sandy hit the states hard in 2012.

Harris is accused of defrauding the New York City Council, the city's Department of Youth and Community Development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city's Build it Back Program and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. She's facing charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements, bankruptcy fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Court documents claim Harris lied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2012 about the level of damage Hurricane Sandy caused her Coney Island home.

If convicted of the charges, Harris could face more than 50 years in prison.


As a sitting assemblywoman between July 2015 and January 2017, Harris allegedly committed the same rent scheme, using $11,400 of discretionary funding for personal use. Prosecutors say Harris caused two individuals, including Landlord #2, to lie to federal law enforcement agents conducting this investigation.

"The defendant defrauded government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars in public funds and tried to fraudulently obtain even more", said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement.

Between August 2014 and July 2015, Harris, who was executive director of a not-for-profit organization in Brooklyn at the time, cheated the Council out of almost $23,000 in discretionary funding by falsely claiming the not-for-profit would use the money to rent a studio space, the court documents stated. She again deceived the Council by saying the funds would be used for rental space.

Harris is accused of using some of the fraudulent funds to buy $10,000 worth of airline and cruise tickets for herself and her husband, make online payments to Victoria's Secret and Kohl's.

The final scheme described in Tuesday's indictment involves Harris' filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2013 after she owed approximately $60,000 on her mortgage for the Coney Island property.

Unrelated to Tuesday's indictment, Brook-Krasny, the former assemblyman whom Harris succeeded in office, faces criminal charges as well.

According to the indictment, Harris spent some of the proceeds of crimes on personal expenses, including airline and cruise tickets for herself and her spouse totaling almost $10,000.

Recommended

Arrest of teacher at Louisiana school board meeting gains national attention, reaction Arrest of teacher at Louisiana school board meeting gains national attention, reaction It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members. The Abbeville Marshals Office has not returned telephone calls looking for input.

US Customs and Border Protection Publishes New Rules for Searching Electronic Devices US Customs and Border Protection Publishes New Rules for Searching Electronic Devices CBP said border agents searched about 30,200 travelers, or about 0.007% of the more than 397 million arriving worldwide travelers. This means that anything that can not be accessed without a data connection is off-limits to police officers in a "basic" search.

Oops! We didn't mean to call Oprah our president, NBC says Oops! We didn't mean to call Oprah our president, NBC says Bring it on, the White House said Monday, welcoming a would-be battle against Oprah Winfrey for the presidency in 2020. In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B.

MA gas prices climb 5 cents per gallon, to $2.48 MA  gas prices climb 5 cents per gallon, to $2.48 AAA found regular gas in MA for sale as cheaply as $2.31 per gallon and as expensive as $2.79 per gallon. Then reduced winter demand pushes them lower for the next month or two.

Jio cuts tariff by Rs Jio cuts tariff by Rs Reliance Jio offers unlimited voice calls, roaming and STD, access to MyJio apps and unlimited SMS for the duration of any plan. Notably, Airtel has revised its Rs 448 and Rs 509 prepaid plans to take on Jio, which now come with a longer validity period.

HTC Announce New Vive Pro Headset And Vive Wireless Adapter HTC Announce New Vive Pro Headset And Vive Wireless Adapter Apart from that, the new HTC Vive Pro will bare two OLED displays, which makes it similar to the Vive Focus from the same company. The Vive Pro brings built-in audio and wireless options, and, most importantly, an nearly 80 percent boost in screen resolution .

Anushka Sharma returns from Cape Town to get back to work Anushka Sharma returns from Cape Town to get back to work The versatile actress Anushka Sharma recently tied to knot to Indian skipper Virat Kohli in a hush-hush ceremony in Italy. Cute Anushka Sharma was found shaking her legs on the streets of Lisbon and a localite joined her in the dance.

Donald Trump's rant against Pakistan Donald Trump's rant against Pakistan His first tweet of 2018, calling out of the "lies and deceit" of Pakistan, had pretty much all of India whooping in approval. According to the White House, the administration is still working on the "exceptions to be made" in this suspension.

Fired engineer who wrote sexist manifesto sues Google Fired engineer who wrote sexist manifesto sues Google Earlier this month, four women plaintiffs as part of a revised lawsuit , alleged that the company had asked for their prior salaries and had underpaid them compared to their male counterparts.

Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives". Just Sessions' announcement has already sparked backlash from politicians on both sides of the aisle, he noted.

Celebs Are Bringing Activists As Their Dates To Today's Golden Globes Celebs Are Bringing Activists As Their Dates To Today's Golden Globes Stone is nominated for best actress on Sunday night for her portrayal of King in the movie Battle of the Sexes . "Every generation has to fight for equality and freedom forever".

SpaceX to launch top-secret Zuma Sunday SpaceX to launch top-secret Zuma Sunday Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman was responsible for securing SpaceX's launch services for the Zuma mission. While it isn't exactly clear what the Zuma mission is or precisely who it's for, we do have some clues.

Nottm Forest v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction Nottm Forest v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy is an injury doubt having come off in the home defeat against Sunderland. Arsenal have beaten Chelsea, Aston Villa and Hull City in their last three FA Cup final triumphs.

Ross Barkley Signs 5.5 Year, £15 Deal with Chelsea FC Ross Barkley Signs 5.5 Year, £15 Deal with Chelsea FC Barkley scored five goals and recorded eight assists in the Premier League last season as Everton finished seventh in the table. Blues chief Conte said: "We are talking about an English player, a young player, with good prospects for Chelsea".

Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam Lalu's son Tejaswwi Yadav, who alleged political vendetta behind the case, stated that his father was not afraid of the verdict. Meanwhile, Lalu's son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that the trial court's decision will be challenged in the high court .