Shirley Huntley Faces Charges in Corruption Case
August 27th, 2012
Huntley is accused of helping to defraud New York out of nearly $30,000, including forging a document to make it appear as if a nonprofit she had formed was using taxpayer funds to help the community as intended, according to state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
Huntley’s aide and a niece are both accused of submitting false documents to the state in an attempt to win funding for the nonprofit, according to an indictment made public today. The aide and niece received the funding pocketed the money, prosecutors said.
Huntley faces felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and falsifying business records in the first degree, as well as conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Each felony carries a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. If Huntley is convicted, she would be removed from the state Senate automatically.
She had told reporters on Saturday that she wanted her day in court.
Huntley is facing a primary challenge from Councilman James Sanders, and has said she plans on staying in the race.
“Falsifying documents, conspiracy and deliberately tampering with an open investigation are serious crimes. The individuals who schemed to profit at the taxpayers’ expense and cover it up will be held accountable,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Schneiderman served in the Senate with Huntley and, in 2010. As a senator, Schneiderman was the chair on a special investigations committee that moved to expel former Sen. Hiram Monserrate after he faced charges of assaulting his girlfriend. The Senate voted 53-8 to expel Monseratte. Huntley voted for Monserratte’s expulsion at the time. The Senate would not have to vote to expel her if she is convicted of a felony.By David King on August 27, 2012, 4:04 pm
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