Now-former Assemblyman Nelson Castro made waves early last month when court papers showed he had been wearing a wire, which led to key evidence in bribery charges filed against Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson.
As it turns out, Castro wasn’t alone.
Court papers filed Friday show former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, D-Queens, had been secretly recording conversations with elected officials at the request of prosecutors in an attempt to gain leniency in sentencing.
Huntley was voted out of office in November and has since pleaded guilty to fraud charges. She’s scheduled to be sentenced next week.
According to a sentencing memorandum filed Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, Huntley recorded conversations with seven elected officials and two others who had previously worked as government consultants or staffers between June and August of last year.
“Recordings of four of the elected officials, as well as the two non-elected individuals, did not yield any evidence of criminal activity,” the document reads. “However, recordings of meetings the defendant held separately with State Senator #1 and two other elected officials did yield evidence useful to law enforcement authorities, and the details of those recordings are discussed in a separate sealed letter to be filed next week.”
Stay tuned for more details as we get them. (h/t to the Daily News.)
Here’s the relevant portion of the court document, followed by the whole thing: