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Father of Queens Assemblywoman Arrested for Fraud

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Assemblywoman Grace Meng Assemblywoman Grace Meng (Courtesy of the Meng congressional camapign)

The father of Queens Democratic Assemblywoman and Congressional candidate Grace Meng was arrested Tuesday for allegedly soliciting $80,000 in cash from a defendant in a tax crime and telling the individual that he would use the money to bribe prosecutors for a reduced sentence.

Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng was caught on tape allegedly instructing a defendant to pay him bribe money that would be distributed to assistant district attorneys in exchange for a lesser sentence, according to the complaint.

He never had intention of passing along the money, investigators say. 

Meng was arrested Tuesday in his Queens lumber yard after he accepted a fruit basket that held thousands of dollars from the defendant, the complaint says.

In a statement, Assemblywoman Grace Meng said she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the allegations.

“Prior to this afternoon’s reports, I had no knowledge of my father’s actions or the investigation,” she said. “I am independent of my father – always have been, always will be. Until more facts emerge and we have a better understanding of the situation, the only thing further I’ll say is that I urge my father to fully cooperate with all authorities.”

Meng is scheduled to be arraigned in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon.

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Comments [1]

Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Nice of 'dad' to throw his daughter under the bus!

Jul. 25 2012 12:56 PM

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