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City Councilman Ruben Wills of Queens under arrest

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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:08 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Thu May 8, 2014.

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested this morning at the direction of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, according to multiple media reports. He was taken into custody along with a relative, Jelani Mills, who is also one of his staff members, the reports said, and brought to the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills for processing.

It was not clear what the charges are, and the authorities could not immediately be reached for information. But Wills had been under investigation by the AG's office over state funds provided to a nonprofit group he headed before being elected, called New York 4 Life. The money reportedly went missing.

Wills formerly served as an aide to ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who was convicted of stealing from the taxpayers through another nonprofit group and given a prison sentence.

A number of former city and state elected officials have been charged in connection with the misallocation of taxpayer dollars through so-called "discretionary spending," or "member items," earmarks that do not go through the normal legislative process but are given to lawmakers who then disburse them to nonprofit organizations.

During the last City Council session, Wills was stripped of his ability to dole out money to such groups and was removed from a budget negotiation team because he refused to answer investigators' questions about the missing funds. He then won re-election in November.

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  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 6:39 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 118

    And here we go again, another Jamaica politician arrested. Wake up you
    stupid sheep Jamaica residents, all of your elected leaders are not only
    useless, but crooked as well. So stop putting these thieves, liars,
    cheats and lazy bums in office. A few weeks ago, it was Assembly
    Member William Scarsborough under investigation by the FBI, now one of
    my favorite ebony clowns, Councilman Ruben Wills has been arrested.

    The official scorecard of the “another one bites the dust” Jamaica elected officials:

    1. former Senator Shirley Huntley

    2. Senator Malcolm Smith

    3. Assembly Member William Scarsborough

    4. Assembly Member Vivian Cook

    5. Councilman Ruben Wills

    6. Congressman Gregory Meeks

    Not too many left to go.