BROOKLYN — Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., already facing bribery and corruption charges, was accused again of siphoning state cash that had been allocated for a nonprofit to fuel his own political aspirations.
Boyland's lawyer, Nancy Ennis, entered a not-guilty plea on mail fraud charges in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn Monday afternoon. The assemblyman declined to speak with reporters following the arraignment.
The federal indictment accuses Boyland of using money intended for the nonprofit organization to buy campaign T-shirts printed with the slogan, "Team Boyland," the Associated Press reported. He also allegedly ordered staff members to falsify invoices for the purchases.
Boyland was previously accused in 2011 of taking "tens of thousands of dollars" in per diem payments and mileage expenses we was not entitled to collect, and seeing bribes from undercover FBI agents.