A criminal investigation has been launched into allegations that Bronx City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo funneled taxpayer money to a nonprofit that employed her relatives.
City pol now in criminal probe
City officials confirmed the probe Wednesday, a month after the Daily News disclosed that Arroyo directed $82,500 in 2007 to the South Bronx Community Corp., where her sister was the fiscal officer and her nephew was executive director.
The Department of Youth and Community Development cited the investigation in rejecting a request for documents The News filed under the state Freedom of Information law.
The News had asked the agency to turn over all records involving funding to the nonprofit.
"[We have] been informed by the New York City Department of Investigation of an ongoing criminal investigation, and that the release at this time of the information you requested would interfere with that investigation," said Michael Owh, lawyer for the youth agency.
DOI officials declined to comment.