A big-time donor to Mayor de Blasio, expected to testify in an upcoming public corruption trial, is more deeply involved in criminal activity than the government lets on, new court papers claim.
A federal judge in Manhattan on Monday refused to dismiss fraud charges against a former Platinum Partners hedge fund executive and a former union leader for New York City prison guards, who claimed their indictment was based on illegal wiretaps.
The former owner of a successful Harlem restaurant whose shenanigans opened the door to the feds’ now-closed probe into Mayor Bill de Blasio begged for leniency at his sentencing Friday by casting blame on Jona Rechnitz, a de Blasio donor-turned-government cooperator.
Mayor de Blasio donor once discussed someone putting a “bullet” in the head of a Harlem restaurateur who owed him money, new court papers charge.
Bill de Blasio donor Jona Rechnitz’s ties to accused Ponzi schemer Jason Nissen is starting to cause problems for Manhattan federal prosecutors seeking to use Rechnitz as its key witness in an upcoming bribery trial.
Jona Rechnitz sent an e-mail to Mayor De Blasio saying that a Hasidic community patrol knew about an infamous 2014 abduction of a Brooklyn slumlord two hours before notifying police.
Mayor de Blasio claims he barely knew them, but explosive e-mails released Friday show that two of his major campaign donors who were later accused of corruption were given the run of City Hall.
The feds’ key witness in the NYPD bribery probe has high-tailed it out of New York a month after it surfaced that he allegedly lured some deep-pocketed pals into yet another Ponzi scheme.
The government’s public-corruption cases involving two NYPD cops and a city union official could be in trouble thanks to the feds’ star witness.
New York – A former Manhattan restaurant owner, charged in a case that emerged from a federal corruption investigation of the New York Police Department, has pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors.