From Capital Tonight:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced today that four people — including an aide to Queens Democratic Sen. Shirley Huntley — will be indicted for filing fraudulent documents in order to pocket $30,000 in member-item cash meant for a non-profit.
The indictments and ongoing investigation is the fruit of an agreement between their offices to audit and investigate public malfeasance. The indictments also help the attorney general contradict claims made by his primary and general election opponents last year that the then-state senator would not aggressively pursue his Democratic colleagues once he moves to the AG’s office.
The investigation found that the president and treasurer of the Parent Workshop, Inc. filed phony documents with the state in order to receive public money via a legislative member item. The indictment says that instead of using the money for public programs, two of the defendants pocketed about $29,950.
The indictment names the non-profit’s president, Patricia Savage, who also serves as an aide to Huntley, along with Lynn Smith, the organization’s treasurer who also shares a residence with Huntley. Officials allege that the defendants falsely claimed they would use the money for workshops and to conduct outreach to parents on the workings of the New York public school system.