Brooklyn Assemblywoman Indicted on Fraud Charges

  • Brooklyn Assemblywoman Indicted on Fraud Charges

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Indicted on Fraud Charges

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' predecessor in the Brooklyn district she was representing, Alec Brook-Krasny, was indicted previous year in connection with producing opioids.

Harris is at least the 45th state lawmaker to face ethical or legal charges since 2000, according to a database maintained by the USA TODAY Network.

A woman who answered the phone at Harris' Brooklyn office Tuesday said neither the assemblywoman nor her communications staff would issue a comment.

In one aspect of the case, between 2012 and 2014 Harris defrauded FEMA out of almost $25,000 by falsely claiming she had been forced out of her home by Hurricane Sandy.

In another scheme, she is accused of defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency of almost $25,000 in temporary housing assistance by falsely claiming that she had been forced out of her Coney Island residence by Sandy, claiming that it was uninhabitable. The Staten Island landlord Harris claimed to have been paying in cash every month - between $1,550 and $2,500 a go - is identified in the charging papers as Landlord #2.

And in 2016, while she was a sitting assemblywoman, she submitted the same fake documents to the NYC Build It Back Program to get additional financial help, according to federal officials.

A New York Democratic Assemblywoman was indicted for stealing over twenty five-thousand dollars of government money, including Hurricane relief funds.

Though still in Coney Island, she was compensated for temporary housing assistance.

"Prosecutors say Harris' husband was not actually this adjacent property's lawful owner, "'by will' or otherwise".

She also is accused of keeping $23,000 in New York City money meant for Coney Island Generation Gap, a nonprofit she once led, and directing two people to lie to FBI investigators when they were interviewed in her case.

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.

To get CIGG's operations subsidized by the city, according to the indictment, Harris billed her nonprofit as a mentorship program that connected teens and young adults living in Coney Island to media arts.

Though the future assemblywoman claimed to have rented studio space for CIGG at a cost of $22,800, the indictment says there was no rental agreement and Harris forged a landlord's signature on the paperwork.

She instead diverted the cash into her checking account to cover personal expenses in 2015, the indictment charged. Harris allegedly used the money for vacations, cruise tickets and even her lingerie bill at Victoria's Secret. The same thing occurred with $35,000 in council funds awarded in 2016.