A Democrat from New York has been indicted for allegedly defrauding the government of funds intended for relief for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the parts of the Northeast back in 2012.
Pamela Harris (D-Brooklyn), a New York state assemblywoman, was charged with wire fraud, making false statements, bankruptcy fraud, witness tampering and obstructing justice, according to the Department of Justice.
“She conducted her schemes victimizing the federal and New York City governments, and then obstructed a federal investigation into her crimes while a sitting New York State Assemblywoman,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said.
The 57-year-old is accused of using the FEMA money on things like vacations, cruise tickets, and items at Victoria’s Secret.
“In fact, at a time when many residents in her district were dealing with the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Harris was busy brewing a storm of her own, one that 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.
Harris faces up to several decades in prison if convicted.
- Report from NY Daily News
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