We just reported on New York’s dirty politics April 8, with the story of Malcolm A. Smith attempting to bribe his way into the mayoral race with the help of a couple others. Now, another state senator is going down and others are going with him.
State Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) thought he would charge the city a gratuity on every foreclosure he managed for the city. He was the acting attorney, that a foreclosure requires, for several foreclosures that he embezzled from. His job was simply to take the money from the sale of foreclosed properties and pay off the mortgage and any lawyers and/or creditors, then return the remaining funds to the homeowner. But NO! Sampson figured there must be a tip in there for him somewhere and his tip equaled $440,000, according to New York Daily News.
The four foreclosures that authorities investigated garnered Sampson a hefty payday that he used for his failed 2005 campaign for district attorney. But, not only have they nabbed Sampson, eight others incriminated themselves when they spoke to former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) last summer while she wore a wire for federal prosecutors investigating corruption.
Huntley had already been caught in an embezzling case of her own for stealing money from a taxpayer-funded nonprofit organization she controlled. Now it appears that if she’s going down, everyone’s going down.
Read more here. New York isn’t putting these folks behind bars fast enough.