From the NY Post:
Embattled Comptroller John Liu, the city’s chief fiscal officer, took an $800 campaign contribution from a man who was convicted of bank fraud along with Liu’s father, The Post has learned.
Lung Fong Chen, a disbarred lawyer, gave Liu the contribution last December for his 2013 campaign.
Joanne Chen, of the same Flushing address, also gave Liu an $800 contribution on the same date last year, and previously gave $7,000 for Liu’s 2009 comptroller’s race.
Liu had returned a donation from Chen during his 2001 race for City Council, after Chen and Liu’s dad, Joseph Liu, were convicted of bank fraud. Chen was chairman of Flushing-based Great Eastern Bank. Joseph Liu was the bank president.
The two were also business partners in a real-estate company that provided land for the bank’s headquarters. They were convicted of conspiracy for improperly steering $1 million to their real-estate business and creating false entries in bank records.
Chen served an eight-month sentence, and Liu’s dad was sentenced to one month.
Critics said it’s just another case of Liu, whose campaign fund-raising operation is under federal investigation, showing poor judgment.
Lung Fong Chen was Tommy Huang's lawyer and had a big hand in the RKO Keith's disaster. He also sat on the board of Flushing Town Hall for years.