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70 NYC Housing Authority Workers Accused of Kickback Schemes, Bribery

Law enforcement arrested a large group of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) employees and contractors on Tuesday in connection with a corruption case.

Prosecutors say city and federal authorities created the case. arrest The case is one of the largest roundups in Justice Department history, NBC New York reported.

“As we allege, the 70 defendants indicted today allegedly solicited more than $2 million in bribes from contractors in exchange for providing more than $13 million in work on NYCHA buildings. Southern New York lawyer damian williams Said During a press conference.

“And if the contractors don’t pay, the defendants won’t give them work. It’s classic play-to-play, and this culture of corruption at NYCHA ends today.” Ta.

Williams said about 70 people have been charged in connection with corruption and kickback schemes that occurred at the organization’s facilities between 2013 and 2023.

“The alleged kickback scheme included at-will contracts for essential services such as construction, maintenance, and plumbing, as ‘extortion was normal business’ in nearly one-third of public housing buildings,” NBC reported. the report said.

Authorities worked on the case for more than a year, but news outlets went on to point out that there were nearly 340 NYCHA developments, with bribery allegedly occurring in nearly 100 of them.

video footage show Officials accompany one of the suspects on the sidewalk:

September 2021, CBS New York report Several contractors were accused of bribing Superman on a NYCHA housing development, and prosecutors apparently had secret video evidence of the exchange.

Commenting on recent incidents, NYCHA CEO Lisa Bova-Hiatt said, “The individuals allegedly involved in these acts put their own greed first and have no right to harm residents, NYCHA colleagues, and everyone else.” He violated the trust of New Yorkers.” These actions go against everything we stand for as public servants and will not be tolerated in any way. ”

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