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Queens Councilman arrested again hiding financial dealings

Councilman Ruben Wills faces five counts of filing false documents to the New York CiWilliam Alatriste/NYC Council

Queens Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested and indicted a second time on Tuesday morning.

Wills faces five counts of filing false documents to the New York City Conflict of Interest Board, according to the state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.

The two-term lawmaker is accused of not disclosing "certain financial dealings" between 2011 and 2013.

Schneiderman set his sights on Wills last year, when the A.G. indicted him in May 2014 on 12 counts for allegedly funneling taxpayer money to a charity he operated before he joined the Council. Wills was accused of using the money to buy luxury goods, including a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag.

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The nonprofit received money from former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, for whom Wills work as chief of staff. Huntley was arrested and convicted in 2013 in an unrelated corruption scandal.

Last summer, Wills filed a motion to remove Schneiderman from the case against him over what Wills’ attorney said was political motivation and retribution against the councilman.

If convicted, the latest set of charges could earn Wills from 16 months to 4 years in prison.

 
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