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FBI raids Scarborough’s Albany, district offices

Feds seek proof of per diem expenses

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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:58 pm | Updated: 12:23 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014.

The FBI on Wednesday afternoon launched simultaneous raids on the Albany and Jamaica offices of Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica).

Paul Holstein, spokesman for the bureau’s Albany office, confirmed that agents executed two warrants. Scarborough said agents also searched his home and Albany hotel room.

Scarborough’s understanding is that he is being investigated by U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian of New York’s Northern District for alleged abuse of his Assembly per diem expenses.

A law enforcement source did tell the Chronicle that the raids were part of an ongoing investigation, but provided no details as to the scope.

Assembly members are allowed travel and lodging expenses, known as per diems, for each day they are in Albany to attend to legislative business.

The Daily News reported Wednesday that Scarborough claimed the highest total in the state for 2012, with $33,986.

Scarborough said he has consulted with an attorney, and after Wednesday did not intend to discuss the matter publicly until it is resolved.

The assemblyman said a list he was provided by FBI agents indicate a misunderstanding of how the Assembly’s voucher system works.

He said one example is when he taught classes at Brooklyn College two days a week.

“I would teach from 5 p.m. until about 6:30, go back home and pack for Albany,” he said, arriving back at the capital late in the evening.

“They say I’m claiming I’m in Albany when I’m in Brooklyn, but my understanding is if you spend the night in Albany you are allowed to claim it,” he said.

Scarborough has served in the Assembly since 1994. He is chairman of the Committee on Small Business, and once served as district manager for Community Board 12.

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  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 1:38 pm on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

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    And the dominoes fall yet again on the corrupt, crooked, useless and just plain lazy elected leaders that have failed the community of Jamaica in a huge way due to their greed.

    As yet another Jamaica elected leader, Assembly Member William Scarborough, gets investigated and whether he is innocent or not (let’s face it, if the FBI is investigating, you did something), one thing is for certain, Jamaica’s leaders past and especially present have failed Jamaica miserably. Let’s face it, if that was not the case this community would not be in the shambles it is, a major garbage problem that has never been properly addressed, garbage strewn vacant lots and abandoned houses, junked and unlicensed cars parked all over the streets and sidewalks, mostly from the Thug Auto Body Shops (though in the last two weeks the “The Untouchables”, Sgt Cedillo and his crew from the 103rd have been putting a stop to that, in no part to our leaders), illegal apartments, improper garbage disposal and bad over development that allowed 1-2 family homes to be torn down to to put up crappy low class third world apartments with absentee landlords. just to name a few.

    I mean how do you explain these awful quality of life conditions in Jamaica for years, when some one like Scarborough has served in the legislature for 20 years and was also Community Board 12 president as well. Just a few blocks from his office streets and sidewalks are littered with garbage and litter and auto shops have junked cars on the public streets.

    How do you explain this major garbage problem, one of them right in former Councilman Leroy Comrie’s backyard of St. Albans, the St. Albans Little League field parking lot, while Comrie was in office for 12 years.

    How does Councilman Ruben Wills get elected a 2nd term, when we had the chance to elect someone else, while his district is far from the cleanest.

    Assembly Member Vivian Cook has not done jack for her community in decades, yet she is still in office. Senator Malcolm Smith, possibly heading to prison, is running for re-election and then there is one of the most corrupt officials of all, Congressman Gregory Meeks.

    This is all totally mind blowing that we have so many corrupt, crooked, useless and just plain lazy elected officials, while our community had been going down the toilet for years. Yes, they are definitely to blame, but so are our residents who keep putting crap like this in office. When the community had the chance to put someone fresh in Comrie’s councilman seat, what did the people do, they put in Comrie backed I. Daneek Miller. Comrie had done little as far as quality of life for Jamaica in his 12 years, so why would you put in office someone that he backed. You know you are just going to get the same old crap and nothing will change.

    Well, it is time for change in this head in the sand community who does not want to fact the truth or facts and begin to wake up. Your leaders have failed you and that goes for many of the dozens and dozens of church leaders.

    These elected leaders have played you for total fools and you believed the bull and now what are you left with, a garbage strewn community that is falling behind every other community in Queens and this is all due to the poor, inept quality of leaders that you, the clueless residents keep putting into office.