On June 12, 2018, former New York State Assemblywoman Pamela Harris pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, one count of making false statements to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), and one count of witness tampering. DOJ alleged that from 2012 to 2014 Harris defrauded FEMA of nearly $25,000 by submitting falsified lease agreements that allegedly showed she was forced out of her residence by Hurricane Sandy. In reality, Harris continued to live at her residence while collecting FEMA payments. Harris was also charged with defrauding the New York City Council of $22,800 in funds that she claimed would be used to support a Brooklyn non-profit for which she served as executive director. Instead, Harris used the funds for personal purposes. Harris also admitted to pressuring witnesses to lie to FBI agents conducting the grand jury investigation into her fraudulent schemes.
United States v. Harris, 18-cr-00011 (E.D.N.Y.)