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Ex. state Senator Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire for the FBI to record her colleagues, was sentenced to jail for using the money from a non-profit she controlled for personal gain.
Before sentencing Huntley, 74, asked the judge for a second chance, saying “I am requesting that you give me another chance. I vow to spend my remaining years to redeem myself in the eyes of those I have embarrassed.”
The judge said he had no choice but to give her jail time “because the law expects the highest honesty from elected officials.”
Last year Huntley agreed to wear a wire for the FBI after she was confronted about her own wrongdoing. She invited colleagues to her home where she recorded them admitting corruption. Both Sens. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) and John Sampson (D-Brooklyn were recorded and later arrested.
Huntley admitted to falsifying documents relating to the non-profit she co-founded in an effort to cover up theft. Huntley backdated a document to reflect that an event was held for her non-profit, Parent Workshop Inc., when in fact, no such event ever took place. Huntley was arrested and charged with evidence tampering, conspiracy in the fifth degree, and falsifying business records
The jail time she received was the minimum under the law, which means Huntley could be out by February.