NEW YORK (AP) – A New York state judge was convicted on Monday of obstructing a federal investigation into one of the nation’s oldest and largest credit unions for more than a half million New York City workers, including hospital workers, as well as state and federal employees. .
At the end of a two-week trial, state Supreme Court Judge Sylvia Ash, 64, of Brooklyn, was convicted of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements to an federal agent. She was acquitted of another count of obstruction.
The verdict was delivered in Manhattan federal court after jurors heard evidence supporting charges that she took action for several months to obstruct the investigation into financial misconduct at the Municipal Credit Union while she chaired the organization’s board of directors.
“Obstruction of justice, particularly by a sitting judge of a state court, is a serious crime, and Ash now faces punishment for his obstruction plan,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in a statement.
The Credit Union is a New York-based nonprofit financial institution that has provided banking services to over half a million members. He did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Authorities said the obstruction occurred while Ash, a Brooklyn judge, served on the credit union’s board of directors from May 2008 until August 2016, when she resigned. She was Chairman of the Board of Directors from May 2015 until her resignation.
Prosecutors said Ash received tens of thousands of dollars in refunds and other benefits from the credit union from 2012 to 2016. The refunds included payment for airline tickets, hotels, and entertainment for her. and a guest to attend conferences at home and abroad, as well as annual birthday parties. at a minor league baseball stadium and paying phone, cable and electronics bills, authorities said.
The sentence was set for April 20.
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