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Adams’ friend pleads guilty in straw donor scheme involving New York City mayor’s 2021 campaign

A longtime friend of New York City Mayor Eric Adams pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a scheme to obtain tens of thousands of dollars from the Democratic Party’s 2021 campaign.

Former NYPD Inspector Dwayne Montgomery has pleaded guilty to an alleged straw donation scheme, the New York Daily News reported, citing a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Details of the plea deal were not immediately available, but Adams was asked about Montgomery’s guilty plea at an unrelated news conference Monday.

“As far as the issues surrounding Dwayne Montgomery go, the prosecutor’s office is handling that case,” Adams said, referring to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks to the press at City Hall on January 2, 2024. Mr. Adams has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation of straw donors. (Barry Williams, New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“I think the DA’s office has clearly reported that there was nothing that our campaign did as part of any wrongdoing. And I say, I’ll leave it to the DA’s office to handle this matter, the situation. .”

Adams said his campaign staff conducted “intense surveillance” by calling 16,000 to 17,000 donors and telling them verbally and in writing that their donations “must be your money.” insisted.

“It was in writing. People had to read it before they signed the donation form or after they donated online. And I had to cross-check the signatures, cross-check the information, and check things out. We added an extra layer of spending thousands of dollars on compliance lawyers to make sure that the process was done with the level of scrutiny that it deserved,” Adams explained. “And we returned tens of thousands of donations that didn’t follow that rally. And this campaign did its job. We reviewed what needed to be reviewed. And I’ve returned tens of thousands of donations that didn’t follow that rally. I’ve always said, ‘I’m confident that we’ve done the internal investigation that we should have done. ”

The mayor has not been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation.

Fox News Digital reached out to Bragg’s office for comment Monday regarding Montgomery’s plea.

Two of Montgomery’s co-defendants, brothers Shahid and Yahya Mushtaq, pleaded guilty in October to their participation in the scheme. As part of the agreement, the Mushtaks will cooperate with Bragg investigators as the investigation into the scheme continues, according to the Daily News.

Other co-defendants in the lawsuit are Shamsuddin Riza, Millicent Reddick, Ronald Peek, and Ecosafety Consultants, Inc.

According to court documents, from August 2020 to November 2021, the co-defendants submitted forged campaign contribution forms to fraudulently obtain tens of thousands of dollars in matching funds for Adams’ 2021 New York City mayoral campaign. They allege that they conspired by submitting documents to the New York City election campaign. Finance Committee.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is investigating Eric Adams’ alleged straw donation campaign scheme related to his 2021 mayoral race. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Prosecutors have accused Montgomery, Rizza, Peek and others of providing and repaying straw donors, coordinating straw donors’ campaign contributions through fundraising events, and organizing other co-conspirators. They also claimed that giving instructions on how to disguise themselves and disguise themselves was part of the conspiracy. Straw donor donations to avoid detection.

Meanwhile, Adams has amassed a huge war chest over the past few months while reportedly at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation.

Adams, who has clashed with the White House over President Biden’s immigration policies as New York City grapples with an influx of tens of thousands of migrants from its southern border, has so far remained publicly unavailable as the FBI continues its investigation. He has not been accused of wrongdoing. In order to investigate suspicions of corruption at city hall, Benefits the Turkish government.

Eric Adams at Cipriani

On January 31, 2024, Mayor Eric Adams will attend the New York City Police Department’s State of the State address given by Police Commissioner Edward Caban. Mayor Adams has denied any wrongdoing amid the corruption investigation. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“The Eric Adams Legal Defense Trust has garnered strong support in a short period of time, raising more than $650,000 since its inception just two months ago,” Adams’ longtime election compliance attorney said in a statement in January. FOX News Digital previously reported.

Mayor We have started a defense trust. In mid-November, the FBI raided the home of 25-year-old Adams campaign fundraiser Brianna Suggs. According to the New York Times, federal agents seized two laptop computers, three iPhones and a manila folder with the word “Eric Adams” written on it.

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Following an FBI raid, Adams abruptly returned from Washington, D.C., ahead of scheduled White House and Congressional visits related to the impact of the immigration crisis on the Big Apple.

The bureau is investigating whether Adams’ 2021 campaign colluded with the Turkish government and others to funnel money into the coffers. FBI agents also contacted Adams directly after the incident in Manhattan later that month. The mayor’s electronic devices were confiscated. The search warrant execution included at least two cell phones and an iPad, the Times reported.

The FBI also searched the homes of Adams’ aide at City Hall, Lana Abbasova, and former Turkish Airlines executive Cenk Okal, who was part of the mayor’s 2021 transition team, according to the Daily News.

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