Another New York Democratic politician was indicted recently. She had been freed on bond. This time it was Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris.
She evidently had been busted for defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars, for example, agency in charge of Hurricane Sandy relief. That’s just past cold.
“Ms. Harris was an invaluable community organizer and a well-regarded legislator,” said a statement from her lawyers. “Especially given her background, we’re disappointed that Ms. Harris was indicted.
“She’s pleaded not guilty, and we look forward to her day in court and also an opportunity there to present the facts.”
Wow… she really went for it. Not only all that, when Harris learned she had been under investigation in 2017, she forced witnesses to lie to get her to FBI agents conducting the investigation.
“She conducted her schemes victimizing the federal and New York City authorities, then blocked a federal investigation into her crimes while a sitting New York State Assemblywoman,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said. That takes stones lady (and I use the term ever so loosely here).
Harris, 57, is accused of defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are the agency that is still helping New York and New Jersey rebuild after Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012. She took almost $25,000.
It is not bad enough everyone got slammed from the perfect storm… they’re getting arrogantly ripped off with their own politicians also. Harris was charged with trying to illegally collect capital from the town’s Build It Back program for Sandy victims whose houses were ruined by the storm
Harris is observed below at her inauguration at Brooklyn and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.
This girl has lying down to an art form. According to the indictment, she falsely claimed that her home was badly damaged she was forced to pick up and move.
To back this up, she submitted fake lease arrangements and lease payments for a separate residence in Staten Island. But in fact, she kept living in her home that wasn’t damaged in the least.
She used money that she stole for holidays ($10,000 on getaways lonely ), cruises and a sizable lingerie invoice at Victoria’s Secret and Kohl’s. Oooh… I believe a prison sentence coming on for this woman big time. Some estimate is going to love throwing the book .
Harris is accused of defrauding agencies including the New York City Council, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Nyc youth and community improvement group. She is good at being a corruptocrat it’d seem. In reality, she excels in it.
“In actuality, at a time when many residents in her district were dealing with the horrific wake of Hurricane Sandy, Harris was occupied brewing a storm of her own, one which resulted in her receiving significant payouts by the very federal agency charged with helping those truly in need,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said in a statement.
“These types of crimes undermine the financial stability of our local and federal governments, but every time a public official is involved, even more is at risk,” Sweeney said. “Today we are pleased to put a stop to this inexcusable scheme”
She stepped immediately ahead of her trial in April. This girl treated authorities funds like her own personal piggy bank. She scammed FEMA for five years and is a entire grifter. Harris looted some $60,000 in federal and state funding in several scams, such as Federal Emergency Management Agency money for”temporary home assistance” after the hurricane, officials billed.
Harris is the first member of this assembly ousted from her chair because Carl Heastie (D — Bronx) took over as Assembly Speaker promising to clean up corruption at the lower house. Harris, a former New York City corrections officer, even if convicted, may land behind bars with the same inmates she watched over.
Harris formerly served as part of a Coney Island non-profit. She had been accused of stealing $34,000 in cash supplied by the town council to cover rent for her team. She resigned as head of the Coney Island Generation Gap, a coaching and mentoring group, in November 2015 when she was elected to the Assembly in a special election. She was reelected the next year.
The probe was managed jointly by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the city Department of Investigation. “The brazen corruption billed because of this investigation tramples on the initial definition of a public servant,” stated DOI Commissioner Mark Peters. Harris has not been sentenced yet, but it does not look great for her. She likes the color orange.