POL AIDE IN $CAM BUST
By LAURA ITALIANO, NY Post
An aide to Queens Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (left)has been indicted on charges he stole $520,000 in a previous job as a temp for the city Health and Hospitals Corp., Manhattan prosecutors said yesterday.
Dennis Jones, 45, of Jamaica, Queens -- who has prior convictions for forgery and drugs from 1996 and 1989 -- pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and was held last night in lieu of $300,000 bail. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Jones is accused of swiping the money between October 2001 and January 2006 while temping for the HHC's Construction and Maintenance Service department. His job was to prepare and organize the payroll paperwork for that department's employees, and officials said that he stole the half-million dollars by changing time sheets and forging payment requests.
Calls seeking comment from Cook's office in Queens -- where Jones has worked as a legislative aide since October 6, 2008, earning just under $1,000 a week -- were not immediately returned.