Embattled New York assemblyman pleads not guilty

William Boyland Jr. was charged in 2011 after he solicited bribes from undercover FBI agents.
William Boyland Jr. was charged in 2011 after he solicited bribes from undercover FBI agents.

Bucking expectations, New York State Assemblyman William F. Boyland, Jr., 42, pleaded not guilty today to federal corruption charges.

The presiding judge reportedly scheduled Boyland’s trial for Dec. 2. Boyland, a Democrat from Brooklyn, was already facing criminal charges of soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents and abusing per diem requests before he was indicted a second time in May for non-profit fraud.

According to the second indictment, Boyland used an unnamed Brooklyn-based non-profit to funnel funds to self-promotional community events and gear including “Team Boyland” t-shirts.

Boyland allegedly ordered his employees to tell vendors involved in community events to lie on invoices, writing out the name of the non-profit instead of Boyland as the purchaser.

A representation from the non-profit would then file the fraudulent invoices with the New York State Office for the Aging to get public funds, even though the invoices were for goods to promote Boyland, not the non-profit.

A representative from the non-profit also gave the NYSOFA forms certifying the public funds would not be used for “partisan political activity” and that Boyland specifically would not and had not financially benefited directly or indirectly from the public funds.

If convicted in this second indictment, the assemblyman would face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and have to pay a $250,000 fine as well as restitution.

Outside federal court on Tuesday, Boyland reportedly grinned but offered no comment and his lawyer, Peter Quijano told reporters only: “William Boyland, Jr., stands by his plea of not guilty and looks forward to being exonerated by a jury in court in December or January.”

 

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