New York Lawmaker Charged With Pocketing Superstorm Sandy Funds

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A New York state lawmaker was accused of pocketing tens of thousands of dollars meant for Superstorm Sandy victims in an 11-count felony indictment unveiled Tuesday.

Assemblywoman Pamela Harris, D-Brooklyn, pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court, where she was arraigned on fraud, conspiracy, witness tampering, false statement and obstruction of justice charges.

Harris is accused by federal prosecutors of four fraudulent schemes, including two separate plans to pocket Superstorm Sandy funding by falsely claiming the 2012 storm forced her from her Brooklyn home and into a Staten Island residence, according to the indictment.

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