Now it's Sampson: Another Brooklyn pol caught in corruption scheme

U.S. attorney for the Eastern District Loretta Lynch on Monday announced an indictment against Brooklyn state Senator John Sampson. 

Sampson, 47, is charged with two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A state senator for 16 years, Sampson represents the 19th Senatorial District, which encompasses Canarsie, East New York, Spring Creek, parts of Brownsville, Georgetown, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Flatlands, Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay.


State Sen. John Sampson charged with embezzlement

State Sen. John Sampson has been indicted on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

Sampson was a court-appointed referee to watch over escrow accounts for sales of foreclosed properties in Brooklyn. It's alleged he embezzled $440,000 between 1998 and 2008.

He's also accused of funneling funds into his failed campaign for Brooklyn DA.



A once-powerful Brooklyn state senator was arrested today in a widening corruption scandal that has resulted in criminal charges against other lawmakers and turned some into wire-wearing informants.

FBI agents took Sen. John Sampson into custody early Monday at an undisclosed location. He was to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later in the day.

Prosecutors were expected to detail the charges at a news conference.


Jeffries: NY flood problems need NY solutions

Rather than treating Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island as generic disaster sites, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), when examining areas that have been devastated by Superstorm Sandy, should look for “New York solutions to New York problems.” 

So said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn-Queens) at a community press briefing Monday in his office at the Shirley Chisholm State Office Building in Fort Greene.


NYPD officer, son dead in apparent East Flatbush double murder-suicide

A New York City police officer shot her 1-year-old son, the baby's father and then herself in an apparent double murder-suicide at her Flatbush home Monday morning, police said.

The bodies were discovered after her 19-year-old son, who was sleeping in his bedroom, heard an argument between the two adults and saw his mother with a gun, said chief police spokesman Paul Browne. The young man escaped through a window and called 911, but by the time police arrived moments later, the three others were dead, Browne said.


Effort underway to landmark Jackie Robinson house

Thursday, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams joined community members in East Flatbush to proclaim his effort to get New York City landmark status for 5224 Tilden Avenue, better known to the public as the Jackie Robinson House. Robinson lived at this address in East Flatbush from 1947 - when he earned the Rookie of Year award with the Brooklyn Dodgers - through 1949, when he was voted Most Valuable Player.


Jackie Robinson's daughter excited about film

STAMFORD, Conn. — Jackie Robinson's daughter says she and her family are excited about a new movie about her father, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Sharon Robinson tells The Advocate of Stamford that "42" does a good job of highlighting the resistance and prejudice faced by her father, who died in 1972, and it could help people discuss the lack of equal opportunity.


Sandy insurance claims seminars for Brooklyn residents, business owners

Brooklyn residents and business owners who have questions or need assistance with insurance claims related to Hurricane Sandy are invited to a free seminar in Gerritsen Beach.  

On Friday, March 29, insurance claim advocates at Price Law Group will host two free "How to Maximize the Value of Your Property Insurance Claim" seminars, designed for policyholders at every stage of the insurance claim process.


Knipel says politics, community service go together

Don’t ever tell Lori Knipel that something she strongly believes in isn’t going to happen. She’ll make it happen. Take the 2004 Democratic National Convention, for instance. Knipel, a lawyer from Flatbush, was a member of the platform committee, the group of loyal activists from across the country helping the party leaders craft the document detailing what the party stood for and would be running on in the presidential election that year.


Assemblyman Boyland charged with mail fraud

Monday, Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and George Venizelos, assistant director in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York Field Office, announced charges of mail fraud against New York State Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. (D-Brooklyn).



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