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Statement of United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch Regarding the Sentencing of Former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley

May 09, 2013

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Huntley previously pleaded guilty to engaging in a mail fraud conspiracy. As part of her sentence, Huntley was ordered to make restitution of $87,700 to the New York State Department of Education for funds she embezzled, and $1,000 in connection with an unrelated bribery scheme involving a cargo-handling business at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“The crux of this case has always been the defendant Shirley Huntley’s greed and self-interest. Promising to provide much needed assistance to the parents of New York City public schoolchildren, she set up a nonprofit organization that received state funding. Instead of serving the parents, Huntley helped herself and her family to state funds. Shirley Huntley violated the public trust and betrayed her constituents by stealing public funds for her own benefit,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “Today’s sentence should send a clear message: we will bring to justice those who corrupt the system of laws upon which our community relies.”

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