Shirley Huntley’s Convicted Relative Vouches for Her Good Character

Shirley Huntley (Photo: Wikimedia)
Shirley Huntley (Photo: Wikimedia)

When Lynn Smith, the niece of ex-State Sen. Shirley Huntley, wrote to a federal judge in February to beg for leniency for her indicted aunt, she neglected to mention one crucial fact of her own story: she had pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 a week earlier.

Ms. Huntley, who will be sentenced tomorrow after pleading guilty to embezzling $87,000 and tampering with physical evidence to obstruct a probe into the theft of member item money she sponsored for a nonprofit, roped Ms. Smith and several other associates into the scheme. Ms. Smith pleaded guilty in February to stealing $30,000 in taxpayer funds from a sham nonprofit group that Ms. Huntley founded. This information was not mentioned in her letter, made public today, to Judge Jack Weinstein. Continue reading “Shirley Huntley’s Convicted Relative Vouches for Her Good Character”

Ruben Diaz Aide Charged With Stealing $75,000 From The Senator’s Charity

 Ruben Diaz Aide Charged With Stealing $75,000 From The Senators Charity
Senator Ruben Diaz (Photo: RubenDiaz.com)

Clement Gardner, a campaign aide to State Senator Ruben Diaz, was charged today with embezzling $75,000 from a charity founded by the senator. In a press release announcing the indictment, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office is continuing its investigation into the charity and accused Mr. Gardner of using the Christian Community Benevolent Association, which operated senior centers and children’s services as “a personal piggy bank.”

“Today’s charges demonstrate our vigilance in ensuring that every taxpayer dollar is spent properly, and that corrupt individuals who betray the public trust to line their own pockets will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Mr. Schneiderman said. Continue reading “Ruben Diaz Aide Charged With Stealing $75,000 From The Senator’s Charity”