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State Sen. Huntley Hauled Off in 30G “Scam”

State Sen. Shirley Huntley desperately tried to cover up the theft of $30,000  in taxpayer money from her “sham” nonprofit as a grand-jury probe bore down on  her, sources claimed and documents indicated yesterday.

The Queens Democrat last year handwrote a “false, backdated letter designed  to fool investigators” into believing her Parent Workshop charity conducted  seminars that never actually occurred, authorities said.

The $29,950 that was supposed to go to the workshops was instead pocketed by  Huntley’s niece, Lynn Smith — the charity’s treasurer — and the group’s  president, Patricia Savage, authorities said.

The taxpayer funds were delivered to the Nassau County-based charity as “member items,” which the Legislature appropriated at Huntley’s request.

SHIRLEY, YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS! Sen. Shirley Huntley is taken away in handcuffs yesterday to face corruption charges but still declared it “a great day!” The letter above is among the evidence against her.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began building the case against  Huntley, 74, after The Post exposed her do-nothing nonprofit in 2011.

“We are going to make sure every taxpayer dollar goes to the purpose [for]  which it’s intended . . . and the sham nonprofits are put out of business as  quickly as possible,” Schneiderman said yesterday.

Smith, Savage and David Gantt — a purported charity consultant who allegedly  submitted fake invoices for the workshops never conducted — were charged in  December for what authorities call the underlying scam.

Also charged in December with doctoring documents was Roger Scotland,  president of the Southern Queens Park Association.

The indictments led at least one co-defendant to cooperate with  investigators, sources said.

Yesterday’s indictment added Huntley, charged with conspiracy, tampering  with physical evidence and falsifying business records.

Those falsified records, according to the indictment, included:

* One handwritten letter Huntley wrote to Savage allegedly from a group  called the Southern Queens Park Association, which supposedly hosted the  charity’s workshops.

* Four documents from Gantt and another “consultant” claiming to have  received payments for their work.

* Twelve fake fliers advertising the nonexistent seminars.

* Six false testimonial letters from people who said they attended those  sessions.

Huntley could face four to 12 years in prison if convicted on all charges,  which would trigger her automatic removal from her $79,500-a-year job.

She joins a number of fellow Albany Democrats who are in hot water.

In the past week, three agencies announced they were investigating  Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera for putting her lovers on the public payroll, and a  state ethics panel charged Assemblyman Vito Lopez with sexually harassing female  aides.

Earlier this year, former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was convicted of  looting his Bronx nonprofit, and Brooklyn state Sen. Carl Kruger got seven years  in prison for bribery.

Legislative leaders yesterday stripped Huntley of her position as the ranking  Democrat on the mental-health committee — she’ll lose her $9,000 stipend.

Huntley, who is being challenged in the Sept. 13 primary by Councilman James  Sanders Jr. and Gian Jones, vowed to fight the charges.

“It’s a great day!” she bizarrely bizarrely exclaimed outside Nassau County  Criminal Court, as she joined the ranks of several Democrats who have recently  been arrested, been convicted, or come under investigation.

This note, scrawled by Huntley, was “a template for the falsified letter from the Southern Queens Park Association,” prosecutors say. The group allegedly hosted tax-funded workshops, organized by Huntley’s charity, that never happened.

The addressee is Pat Savage, the charity’s president, who allegedly delivered  it to a third party on Huntley’s behalf.

The dates refer to the period when the charity was supposed to be using the  association’s facilities for tax-funded sessions that prosecutors said did not  happen.

Source: The NY Post

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