NY Lawmaker Accused of Stealing Aid Designed to Help Superstorm Sandy Victims

NY Lawmaker Accused of Stealing Aid Designed to Help Superstorm Sandy Victims

A NY state assemblywoman has been indicted on fraud charges after authorities say she falsely claimed Superstorm Sandy forced her from her home.

Harris, a former correction officer elected as a Democrat in November 2015, represents Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Dyker Heights and other Brooklyn communities.

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.

In July 2016, Harris allegedly arranged for Build It Back contractors to enter the residence adjacent to her Coney Island home by claiming on paperwork that her husband "was the owner "by will" of the neighboring structure.

Harris, 57, could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the top count in her 11-count indictment.

U.S. not budging on demands that North Korea halt nuclear weapons
The State Department had said Pyongyang "might be trying to drive a wedge" between Washington and Seoul. That conflict ended in a ceasefire and technically the two sides remain at war.

Associated plots sought to drain money from other government entities like the New York City Council, as well as hiding $10,010.08 from creditors in bankruptcy court, the indictment said.

"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.

Court papers also claim Harris defrauded the City Council of almost $23,000 by saying, falsely, the money would go to pay rent for a Brooklyn nonprofit.

During that time she was living in the home she'd claimed was damaged and filed phony rent payment receipts and a fake lease agreements for a residence on Staten Island, according to the court documents.

"When she learned that law enforcement was investigating her various fraud schemes, she pressured witnesses to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cover them up", Donoghue said in a statement.

UK-based NGOs slam restriction on entry to Israel
Erdan said on Sunday that the groups "operate consistently and continuously" against Israel using a "campaign of incitement and lies".

Between March and May 2017, after Harris learned of the grand jury's investigation into her various fraud schemes, she directed witnesses to lie to FBI agents conducting the probe, which the witnesses did. Once the not-for-profit got the funding, Harris redirected the funds to her personal checking account and used the money to pay for personal expenses.

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.

"She has pleaded not guilty, and we look forward to her day in court and an opportunity there to present the full facts", Joel Cohen and Jerry Goldfeder, Harris' attorneys, said in a statement.

Her predecessor in the Brooklyn district, Alec Brook-Krasny, was indicted a year ago in connection with the takedown of three pill mills accused of putting $6.3 million of opioids on the black market.

Her Albany and district offices were not available for comment on Tuesday.

SpaceX successfully launches secret satellite after weeks-long delay
The webcast of the launch did not follow the second stage carrying the payload after it separated from the first stage. After launch, SpaceX returned the tall portion of the Falcon 9 rocket to an upright landing at Cape Canaveral.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arrest of teacher at Louisiana school board meeting gains national attention, reaction
Jan 10, 2018 - 02:03
Hargrave, her school, Puyau, Fontana, and the city marshal's office did not respond to BuzzFeed News's request for comment. It's misty if the marshal got orders from board individuals or in the event that he was following up on his own.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 12 in the nation for online bachelor's degree programs
Jan 10, 2018 - 01:57
The Master of Science in Information Technology degree is offered by the college's School of Information. Throughout both undergraduate and graduate studies, a couple Philly-area schools ranked among the best.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Acer just unveiled the thinnest laptop in the world
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:04
Additionally, the laptop also comes with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, so that users can access to high-speed internet on the go. Its CES 2018 line-up is unlikely to change that, but you should still skim what's new to see if anything catches your eye.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Richie Incognito accused of using racial slurs in game
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:02
Campbell also said it seemed like Bills players were deliberately trying to antagonize Jaguars players. Several players from both teams said Monday they did not hear Incognito use a racial slur.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Airtel updates Rs 448, Rs 509 plans to go against Jio
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:01
All these data packs come with their similar offer of unlimited calls, SMS bundle, and access to Jio's bundle of applications. Vodafone's recharge for Rs 509 comes with unlimited local and STD calls, free SMS, and free subscription of Vodafone Play .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gas Prices Rise in Washington, Hold in Wenatchee
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:01
He does see a short-lived drop in prices in late January, but expects prices to rise again after Valentine's Day. It is not clear whether or not these price hikes have anything to do with the increase to the liquid fuel tax.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amid suspension of military aid to Pakistan, US, India discuss bilateral issues
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:01
In 2012, when there were far more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, that totaled about $1 million per day. The move, which USA officials had hinted at for months, was greeted optimistically in Afghanistan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:00
Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ex-Google employee behind anti-diversity memo sues for discrimination
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:00
Meanwhile, a separate lawsuit filed by three women a month after Damore posted his document, alleged Google pays women less than men for similar work and gives them less opportunity for promotions, bonuses, and raises.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top HTC announces new Vive Pro VR headset with 3K resolution
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:58
Timing and pricing wasn't divulged yet, but hopefully we'll see a price drop for the original Vive once the Pro is on the market. Vive Video is available today for both Vive and Google Daydream platforms, and will arrive on Vive Wave in the near future.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former UGA player Matt Stinchcomb elected to College Football Hall of Fame
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:56
He will be officially inducted on December 4, 2018, at the annual NFF awards dinner at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City. The announcement was made Monday by the National Football Federation and the College Hall of Fame.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Flying Philander leads Proteas to first test victory over India
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:55
Much needed rain for the city of Cape Town then washed out the entire day 3 with the match hanging agonizingly in the balance. Significantly, South Africa has strengthened its hold on India in the first Test match.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Google Pay' is Here to Rebrand Company's Payment Solutions
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:47
After years of brainstorming - Google finally has had the genius idea of unifying both these platforms under a single brand. Lastly, Instacart orders of at least $35 completed with Google Pay by January 16 score $10 markdowns.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cam Newton Famous CTE Expert Calls BS ... That's a Concussion
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:46
Newton left for one play after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata's chest struck Newton's head with about nine minutes left. The Seattle Seahawks also were cited for mishandling a hit to their quarterback, Russell Wilson, earlier in the season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Golden Globes set to be a more political affair
Jan 08, 2018 - 04:54
Williams is nominated for her role in All The Money In The World . Susan Sarandon brought Rosa Clemente , a political commentator.