Ex NY assemblyman pleads guilty to fraud

By Staff
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York assemblyman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Attorney Todd D. Greenberg says he hopes Jimmy K. Meng of Queens will be spared jail time when he is sentenced next March.

According to The New York Times, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

Meng admitted in court Wednesday, Nov. 14 that he had solicited $80,000 from a friend facing criminal charges.

He falsely claimed that he could use that money to bribe prosecutors.

The Democrat served in the state Assembly in 2005 and 2006.

His daughter, Grace Meng, just became the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.

She said in a statement that she is “deeply saddened.” She says her father has “taken full responsibility for his actions.” (end)

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