According to the New York Daily News today, a federal grand jury is investigating some of Queens’ most prominent politicians, including Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY). NLPC first exposed Meeks’ involvement with a charity called New Direction that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it. NLPC also first exposed Meeks’ purchase of a home for far less than it is worth.
In a Complaint to the House Ethics Committee filed on March 19, NLPC asked for an investigation of Meeks’ purchase of the house. The Complaint detailed how a contractor named Robert Gaskin not only built the home for Meeks, but also did work for several other Queens politicians and nonprofits they control. At the same time, Gaskin received numerous contracts on taxpayer-funded projects.
Kenneth Lovett, Barbara Ross and Greg B. Smith of the Daily News report:
Sources said the feds are investigating whether the Queens pols used a web of nonprofit groups to benefit themselves, their families and their friends.
The grand jury has also subpoenaed documents regarding a huge, 6,000-square-foot house that Gaskin did work on for Meeks at 109-24 109th Road in Jamaica.
Meeks paid $830,000 for it in October 2006 but in 2007, the city appraised it at $1,239,000.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a Washington-based conservative group, has accused Meeks of paying much less than the house was worth and has demanded the House of Representatives investigate.