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Four connected to Queens Senator Shirley Huntley indicted on corruption charges

Add another New York City elected official to the growing list of corruption-related activities. An aide, a person who "shares a residence with the senator" and two others were indicted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today.

Patricia D. Savage, the president of the non-profit Parent Workshop, Inc. and an aide to Huntley's, and Lynn H. Smith, the organization's treasurer and house guest/roommate/something else of Huntley's, are accused of diverting approximately $29,950 in tax payer funds from the non-profit and in to their pockets. Two other individuals, David R. Gantt and Roger N. Scotland, are accused of "falsifying documents to cover up the theft once the investigation commenced," according to a statement from the AG's office.

"This personal profit-making scheme defrauded taxpayers, all the while depriving communities of much-needed funds. Now it's time to hold those behind it accountable," Schneiderman said in a statement. "The charges announced today send a strong message that those who abuse their positions to rip off taxpayers will be prosecuted."

The bust was part of a joint effort between the offices of Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (the other two state elected officials not named Cuomo) to combat public corruption.

"Taking money intended for families in need is unconscionable," DiNapoli was quoted saying.  "Abuse and fraud will not be tolerated. By combining forces, my office and the Attorney General have exposed and are prosecuting this egregious theft of state funds which were intended for the public good."

Huntley herself was not charged of any wrong doing.