New York State Senator Shirley Huntley of Queens was indicted on charges of conspiracy, tampering with evidence and falsifying business records. She pled not guilty in court on Monday, August 27 and plans to fight the charges.
Huntley, who represents Jamaica, Laurelton and South Ozone Park in Queens, was arrested for costing taxpayers more than $400,000 in a scam nonprofit called Parent Workshop Inc. The organization funneled public money to an aide, Patricia D. Savage, and to Huntley’s niece, Lynn H. Smith, among others.
Months ago reports came out that her ties to nonprofit organizations were costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Huntley was caught trying to funnel $155,000 to her Parent Workshop nonprofit, which she founded in 2006. Once she was in office, she authorized a $30,000 grant and later tried to send $125,000 to the organization.
Huntley is charged with tampering with physical evidence and falsifying business records in the first-degree, each felony charges with a maximum sentence of four years in prison, and conspiracy in the fifth-degree, a misdemeanor.