Former State Sen. Shirley Huntley Wore Wire in Another Probe of Pols

By Janon Fisher on May 3, 2013 2:11pm 

 Former Queens state senator Shirley Huntley wore a wire for the feds.
Former Queens state senator Shirley Huntley wore a wire for the feds.
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NEW YORK CITY — Disgraced former state Sen. Shirley Huntley caught three politicians talking about criminal activity while wearing a wire for federal investigators, according to court papers.

"Between June 2012 and August 2012, [Huntley], while acting at the direction of the government, made numerous recordings of meetings with nine different people, including seven elected officials and two individuals who had previously been employed as a staff member or a consultant by elected officials," Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Tuchman wrote in sentencing memo filed Friday.

Recordings of "State Senator #1" and two other pols "did yield evidence useful to law enforcement authorities," Tuchman wrote.

Huntley, who pleaded guilty in January to embezzling $87,000 in state funds from a phantom charity, needed a mere three months — from June to August — to help Brooklyn federal prosecutors form a case.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch declined to comment on the identity of "State Senator #1" and two other politicians.

News of the wire was first reported by John Marzulli of the New York Daily News.

The news comes weeks after corruption probes in The Bronx and Manhattan nailed other Albany politicians. 

Former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro wore a wire in an investigation that led to the arrest of Assemblyman Eric Stevenson.

Word of that arrest came days after Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith was arrested and charged by federal prosecutors for allegedly bribing Republican party officials to put him on the ballot for mayor.

 

 

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