Assemblywoman Spent Hurricane Relief Money On lingerie And Vacations

Amid the post-Hurricane Sandy rubble of Breezy Point and the 24 dead bodies on Staten Island, Pamela Harris — who would later become a state assemblywoman — turned a profit on New York’s pain.

As Coney Island neighbours and the rest of the city struggled with the massive 2012 devastation, Harris lined her pockets with cash meant to aid the hurricane’s newly homeless, federal indictment charges.

Harris spent $10,000 on vacations, including a cruise ship getaway, and shopped at Victoria’s Secret with her dirty money, authorities charged Tuesday.

And she allegedly urged witnesses to lie to the FBI in a failed cover-up of her crimes.

Harris looted some $60,000 in state and federal funds in several scams, including Federal Emergency Management Agency money for “temporary housing assistance” after the hurricane, officials charged.

But her Coney Island residence was intact, with officials charging that Harris looted nearly $25,000 from FEMA by filing phony paperwork to cover the cost of a “rental” home and pocketing the cash.

She was freed on $150,000 bond Tuesday afternoon, hours after her morning arrest for allegedly looting government funds between 2012 and 2016.
The Democrat, who represents swaths of Southern Brooklyn — including Coney Island and Bay Ridge — could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the top count in her 11-count indictment.
The feds say the crimes occurred between 2012 and 2016. She was charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements, bankruptcy fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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