6/22/14

Morrish Targeted in Hynes Probe

According to the New York Post, federal investigators probing the slush fund of forfeited drug money that former Brooklyn D.A. Charlie Hynes used to pay campaign consultant Mortimer Matz are looking at two other beneficiaries of the fund, one of them a prominent Bay Ridge civic activist.

Hynes became the target of a federal investigation after the city Department of Investigation found that, from 2003 to 2014, he had broken city rules by paying Matz more than than $1 million from the fund, including $219,924 for his work on Hynes' failed 2013 re-election campaign.

Investigators are now probing every disbursement Hynes made from the fund to consultants who worked at the 32 neighborhood outreach centers his office set up across Brooklyn, to find out if Hynes opened the centers as a campaign tactic.

Bay Ridge civic activist Larry Morrish, who according to Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson's office was not on the city payroll, acknowledged that he was among the consultants that Hynes employed at these neighborhood outreach centers, being paid an undisclosed amount from the fund.

Hynes is also being investigated by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and is reportedly the subject of a Brooklyn federal grand jury probe.

The story from the New York Post.

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