Hurricane Sandy led to a growth of good feeling among Tri-state neighbors in 2012, when citizens and their state governments pulled together to rebuild after the terrible storm.
However, one Democrat–Pamela Harris of Brookyln–used the tragedy of Sandy to get rich. Harris is accused of directly pocketing money that was intended for Coney Island’s new homeless population.
Harris supposedly took money right away from those people whom Sandy detached from their homes, possessions, and livelihoods.
With this aid money, Harris reportedly went on vacations costing $10,000 and purchased several items at Victoria’s Secret.
On Tuesday, New York City investigators also claimed that Harris told people who knew about her corruption to lie to the FBI.
“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,” said William J. Sweeney, Jr., the FBI’s top man in New York.
In total, New York newspapers have stated that Harris stole $60,000 in state and federal aid, including funds slated to house those left homeless after the hurricane.
Harris’ home on Coney Island was sparred by the storm, but the politician nevertheless used FEMA money for repairs to her home and a rental home.
This scam alone cost $25,000.
On Tuesday, Harris was released from prison after posting a $150,000 bond.
Harris’ attorneys characterized their client as: “…an invaluable community organizer and a well-regarded legislator.”
If convicted, Harris could spend up to thirty years in prison. She has plead not guilty to the charges.
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