NEW YORK (AP) — A New York state lawmaker already facing bribery and other corruption charges has been accused of using funds meant for a nonprofit to pay for community events promoting his political career.
Federal prosecutors announced the new mail fraud charges against Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. of Brooklyn on Friday.
A revised indictment accuses Boyland of using the diverted funds to buy T-shirts with the slogan “Team Boyland” for the community events. It also alleges he directed members of his staff to falsify invoices for the purchases.
Prosecutors previously accused Boyland of soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents and receiving “tens of thousands of dollars” in mileage expenses and per diem payments that he wasn’t entitled to collect.
Boyland’s attorney did not immediately respond to a phone message Friday seeking comment.