The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that Pamela Harris, a New York State Assemblywoman, was indicted for a number of offenses, including wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements.
Pamela Harris, a former correction officer elected as a Democrat in November 2015, faces an 11-count indictment in Brooklyn federal court.
Harris represents Bay Ridge, Beach Haven, Brightwater Towers, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights and nearby neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Authorities arrested Harris Tuesday morning and charged her before a federal judge later in the day.
The court papers say Harris also stole FEMA money for Sandy recovery and Build It Back money from New York City when she falsely claimed she had to relocate due to storm damage to her Neptune Avenue home. When Harris got wind of the grand jury investigation into her alleged schemes, officials said she instructed witnesses to lie to FBI agents - and they did.
Harris, 57, was charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of making false statements, two counts of bankruptcy fraud, one count of witness tampering and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of NY.
In 2016, as a state assemblywoman, she submitted those fake documents to the city's Build it Back Program to obtain additional assistance for "substantial construction to her home", the indictment said.
Harris faces more than 50 years in prison if she is found guilty of the charges. She submitted fake leases to FEMA for a temporary home in Staten Island though she remained in her primary residence, according to the indictment.
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Associated plots sought to drain money from other government entities like the New York City Council, as well as hiding $10,010.08 from creditors in bankruptcy court, the indictment said.
According to the 21-page federal indictment, Harris defrauded the City Council of almost $23,000 by falsely claiming the money would cover the rent for a Brooklyn nonprofit.
U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said Harris defrauded the government of tens of thousands of dollars.
She is also accused of keeping $23,000 in New York City funds that were meant for Coney Island Generation Gap, a non-profit she once led, and directing two people to lie to FBI investigators when they were interviewed in her case.
Though the future assemblywoman claimed to have rented studio space for CIGG at a cost of $22,800, the indictment says there was no rental agreement and Harris forged a landlord's signature on the paperwork.
And she allegedly used other funds to pay her lingerie tab at Victoria's Secret.
Between July 2015 and January 2017, Harris committed a almost identical scheme-but this time as a sitting Assemblywoman.
Her Albany and district offices were not available for comment on Tuesday.