Staffer Sentenced in Slush Fund Scandal
March 19th, 2010

Asquith Reid, the former chief of staff of former Councilmember Kendall Stewart, was sentenced to three years probation today for embezzling the City Council’s discretionary funds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.

Reid was the first person affiliated with the council to be charged in the growing council slush fund scandal. Reid pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of witness tampering in June 2009 — charges that could have come with decades in prison.

As part of his sentence, he will have to spend nine months in a halfway house, will pay restitution and forfeit any income he made from the crime, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Stewart, Reid’s former boss, lost his seat in the council last fall. Many suspect a large part of his loss had to do with this scandal.

By on March 19, 2010, 3:31 pm
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