Streams

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.

Meng Complaint

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [1]

Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

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

Jul. 25 2012 12:56 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by