New York assemblyman from Queens charged with public corruption

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Posted: Oct 01, 2014 12:10 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough, who represents a district in the New York City borough of Queens, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of abusing the state's travel voucher system, state authorities said.

At his arraignment hours later in Albany County Supreme Court, Scarborough pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and filing false documents, according to his spokeswoman and a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Scarborough, 68, who represents the 29th Assembly District in southeast Queens, was charged in a 23-count indictment in the public corruption case that includes alleged crimes committed between 2007 and 2014.

If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison, said the attorney general's spokesman.

In late March, investigators from the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI raided his Albany and Queens offices and home.

At the time, Scarborough himself told reporters that investigators were probing whether he abused the state’s travel voucher system, which reimburses elected officials for certain work-related travel expenses.

Scarborough's lawyer, E. Stewart Jones, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld and Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Eric Beech)