State Sen. Shirley Huntley turned herself in to state authorities on Monday, in connection with a corruption investigation through the state Attorney General’s Office.
The state Senator stands accused of covering up the misdirection of state funds meant for a parenting workshop in her district. The money, nearly $30,000, was allegedly pocketed by the senator’s personal aide and niece, with Huntley writing a backdated letter designed to fool investigators tracking whether or not the workshops were held.
Huntley, whose district represents a small corner of Forest Hills, called a press conference on Saturday to announce
The state Senator is officially charged with tampering with physical evidence, falsifying business records and conspiracy. If convicted, she could serve up to four years on each count and would automatically be removed from office.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in conjunction with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, announced the arrest Monday.
“Falsifying documents, conspiracy and deliberately tampering with an open investigation are serious crimes,” Schneiderman said. “The individuals who schemed to profit at the taxpayers’ expense and cover it up will be held accountable.”
Huntley’s lawyer, Bayside-based Sally Butler, was unavailable to comment, though a representative at her office said she would not make a statement on the case.
Huntley’s aide, Patricia Savage and her niece Lynn Smith are also charged in the investigation.
In addition to covering a portion of Forest Hills from her Senate district, Huntley is also a former school board president in district 28, which covers Forest Hills and Jamaica.