Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
Two Charged With Embezzling Federal Funds in the Bronx
Thursday, June 11, 2009
New York, NY —
According to federal prosecutors, two unnamed elected officials in New York, a City Council member and a State Assembly member, received illegal perks, including a trip to Puerto Rico. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more:
REPORTER: The politicians were not accused in a federal complaint, which alleged the director and president of a Bronx non-profit stole nearly $200,000 from an organization that manages low-income housing.
Federal prosecutors say Richard Arroyo and Margarita Villegas used the money to buy clothes, shoes, meals and plane tickets. Investigators say $6,000 was reimbursed.
A lawyer for Arroyo says her client dedicated his life to helping the south bronx and his name will be cleared. Villegas's attorney did not return a call seeking comment. For WNYC, I'm Cindy Rodriguez.