Monday, August 27, 2012

NY State Senator Charged In Nonprofit Cover Up

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) was charged Monday with attempting to cover up the theft of taxpayer money that was supposed to go to a nonprofit she founded.

According to a report in The New York Post, the indictment was filed in a Nassau County Court alleging that Huntley, who is running for re-election this fall, falsified business records and tampered with evidence in an attempt to mislead investigators.

Huntley was released on her own recognizance after surrendering to authorities. She has denied any wrongdoing.

The charges against Huntley came after her niece, Lynn Smith, and two others were charged with stealing $30,000 in state funds that the senator had directed to Parent Workshop in 2006. The investigation into Huntley was started by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Controller Thomas DiNapoli.

Huntley founded Parent Workshop in 2006, eight months before she was elected. After the initial $30,000 grant, she tried to get another $125,000 to the organization a year later.

You can read the full story in The New York Post.

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