New York State Assemblyman William F. Boyland, Jr., already under federal indictment for bribery, now stands accused of falsifying more than $67,000 in travel expenses over a five year period. According to the Times Union, Boyland filed false claims on 609 out of the 975 days that he requested travel reimbursements during that time span.
The State Comptroller’s Office has declined to make the report public, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares, a Democrat, has still failed to take action against Boyland, despite specific requests from colleagues in the Assembly.
Via the New York Post:
Embattled state Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., already the target of a federal corruption prosecution, allegedly falsified documents to reel in more than $67,000 in phony travel reimbursements, according to a bombshell report.
The state Comptroller’s Office concluded that Boyland, who will go on trial to face federal bribery charges this year, lied about being in Albany on more than 600 claims to collect lodging, food and mileage reimbursements.
“You represented on travel vouchers that you were in Albany for 323 days where the evidence shows that you were, in fact, in locations far from Albany,” the report states, according to the Albany Times Union, which obtained a copy.
Boyland’s bribery trial is scheduled for July, in which he stands accused of trying to collect $250,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.
State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin posted this on his Facebook page:
I was correct on December 5, 2011 when I stood alone and called for Assemblyman Wm. Boyland to resign for stealing from the taxpayers of NY and I’m correct now. He needs to resign today. He is flaunting his theft every day by continuing to stay in office. 180 out of 206 vouchers over a 5 yr. period are questionable. It’s actually news when he files a legitimate expense report! Albany Co. District Atty David Soares and NY Attorney Gen. Schneiderman received letters from me asking for an investigation. To date, over a year has gone by and I’ve received no response from either of them.
Boyland was able to take a short break from his criminal trial preparation to attend President Obama’s inauguration in January, when he was granted special permission from a federal judge to do so.
McLaughlin also addressed this in his post, stating:
If you need permission to travel you’re in some trouble.
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. Not to mention the sexual harassment case involving Vito Lopez, in which Lopez’ victims were paid hush money by Democrat Assembly Majority Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Lopez, Silver and Boyland still serve the people of New York in the state Assembly.