70 NYC Housing Workers Charged in Largest Bribery Scheme in DOJ History

According to federal prosecutors, at least 70 New York City public housing employees were charged with accepting kickbacks in exchange for city contracts. The arrests occurred in six states and five boroughs. The employees included superintendents and assistant superintendents of nearly 100 New York City public housing buildings. The employees accepted $2 million in bribes from contractors in exchange for small contract jobs. According to the Department of Justice, the scandal is one of the largest in the department’s history. The bribes started in 2013 and ran for a decade. Contractors who failed to pay the bribes were denied work. An investigation found that the scheme drove up the costs of minor repairs and diverted much-needed funds from the public housing sector. Officials are concerned that the scheme has completely eroded the trust of public housing residents.

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