Boyland's Chief of Staff Arrested on Bribery, Conspiracy Charges
Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 04:43 PM
The chief of staff of embattled Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr., was arrested on bribery and conspiracy charges Thursday — the same week the Brooklyn lawmaker was slapped with fresh corruption charges.
Ryan Hermon, 33, was arrested and is expected to be arraigned Thursday on charges that she attempted to solicit $250,000 in exchange for performing official acts, according to a complaint unsealed Thursday.
Prosecutors say they recorded Hermon accepting bribes from undercover agents.
“Ryan Hermon’s job was to provide aid and assistance to her community," U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. "Instead, she allegedly used her position to help herself, trading her influence and energy for personal gain."
Boyland, the Democratic state lawmaker, was arrested Tuesday bribery charges less than three weeks after being acquitted in another case.
In his alleged scheme, undercover agents were to buy a former hospital in his district, get state grants to renovate it and sell it to a non-profit that Boyland claimed to control.
If convicted, Hermon faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.