A former state Senator from Queens pleaded guilty to a felony Wednesday for her role in a scheme to funnel state money through a non-profit organization her associates controlled.
Former Sen. Shirley Huntley, D-Queens, entered her guilty plea in state court in Nassau County Wednesday. She admitted sending a falsified letter to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as part of a cover-up in the scheme, in which she directed a state grant to the Parent Workshop that was pocketed by the group’s president and treasurer.
The state charge against Huntley came after an investigation by Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
“Former Senator Huntley betrayed the trust of her constituents and her public duty,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “State officials must be held to the highest standards.”
Having deja vu? There’s good reason for that.
Huntley pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 to a federal conspiracy charge in a similar scheme involving a different non-profit, Parents Information Network.
Huntley faces up to five years in prison for the federal conviction, and two years for the state conviction.