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Councilmember Ruben Wills investigated for missing funds


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Councilmember Ruben Wills is under investigation for $32,000 that seems to have disappeared.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking at Wills for the missing state-funded money that former State Senator Shirley Huntley put towards a nonprofit group that he headed, New York 4 Life.

Investigators are reportedly revving up their probe of Wills following Huntley’s guilty plea for embezzling taxpayer money and falsifying evidence.

One insider told the New York Post that Wills is “definitely on everyone’s radar.”

In August of 2010, the councilmember submitted a payment voucher to the state Office of Children and Family Services on behalf of New York 4 Life, seeking an advance of $33,000.

The office followed suit and provided the funds, according to the AG office. The account was depleted, signed by Wills, who did not respond to questions regarding where the money went. Schneiderman’s office issued a subpoena looking for documentation of the spending, but less than $1,000 was accounted for.

Wills did not respond to calls for comment.

 

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Ex-State Senator Huntley expected to plead guilty to embezzlement charges


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo Jeanne Noonan/ for New York Daily News

Former State Senator Shirley Huntley, arrested last summer and later ousted in a primary election, will plead guilty on charges that she helped funnel nearly $80,000 through a phony nonprofit, the Daily News has reported.

Huntley, who turned herself in to the state attorney general’s office last August, was originally fingered for helping cover up a nonprofit which offered parent workshops that State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged never took place.

The Daily News reported the disgraced legislator will admit she helped embezzle $80,000 through Parents Information Network; Huntley’s daughter, Pam Corley, ran the nonprofit.

A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch could not confirm nor deny a guilty plea on Huntley’s part.

Huntley was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor for drafting a fake, backdated letter to make it appear as if Parents Information Network held workshops in 2008 that used $30,000 in state-granted money. She pleaded not guilty to these charges in August. If convicted on all three charges, Huntley, 74, could face a maximum of nine years in prison.

Sally Butler, Huntley’s attorney, was not available for comment. Huntley is not speaking to the press, a representative said when her house was phoned.

 

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