Ex-NY assemblywoman pleads guilty to fraud charges

June 12, 2018 - 3:42 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York lawmaker accused of ripping off an arts nonprofit and a disaster relief fund has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Pamela Harris, a former Democratic state assemblywoman, entered the plea on Tuesday in Brooklyn. She faces up to 57 months in prison at her sentencing on Sept. 26.

She was accused of pocketing $25,000 in federal funds by falsely claiming Superstorm Sandy chased her from her Coney Island residence in 2012.

Prosecutors also alleged that she used a forged lease while pocketing New York City Council discretionary funds intended for the nonprofit she ran.

Harris is a former corrections officer who was elected in 2015.

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