Friday, September 24, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
NYC Comptroller John Liu gets in on the act. A spokeswoman for Liu emailed me the following statement:
"We are red-flagging the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council for further review."
The city comptroller is just the latest person to say the organization - which Lopez founded and helps fund - is under scrutiny.
The state attorney general, state comptroller, and federal authorities, are also looking into the organization.
The Staten Island District Attorney is also prosecuting an employee for the organization, Tyess Crespo, 36, for allegedly submitting false attendance records for a karate program. If convicted, Crespo could face up to 4 years in prison. The Staten Island District Attorney is handling the case after the Brooklyn DA signaled to the judicial office that their office could have a conflict investigating an organization with ties to Lopez, who is also the head of the Democratic County Organization in Brooklyn.
I called the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council and got hung up on, several times. I have a call into Lopez's office and will update if there's a response.
[Note: The statement from Liu's spokesperson was updated by them for clarity.]