Bribery, extortion, filing false claims … and now mail fraud.
Current sitting Assemblyman William Boyland is facing a possibility of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine thanks to the addition of new mail fraud charges.
Via Capitol Confidential:
Assemblyman William Boyland is facing mail fraud charges related to allegations that he filed bogus travel vouchers and collected per diem payments for days he claimed he was in Albany when he was elsewhere — such as, for example, a New York City meeting with “individuals he believed to be out-of-state businessmen and real estate developers, but who actually were the undercover FBI agents,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s press release.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, whose office was thanked by the U.S. Attorney, is already withholding travel reimbursement from Boyland after finding $67,000 in questionable payments to the 42-year-old Brownsville Democrat.
The charges, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, are on top of the bribery and extortion allegations already facing Boyland.
Fortunately for Boyland, he was granted special permission by a judge in January to visit President Obama during his inauguration.
Here’s hoping the President will be granted permission to visit Boyland in prison in the near future.
Governor Cuomo vowed to clean up the culture of corruption in Albany and New York politics. Yet, we still have people like Boyland serving in the Assembly.