Over $6 Million in Federal Funds Unaccounted
A Total of Six Former and Present Mount Vernon Officials Named as Defendants in Case
Several City of Mount Vernon Developers Also Named as Defendants
MOUNT VERNON, NY — April 7, 2018 — In a bombshell lawsuit filed by the City of Mount Vernon (CMV) and the CMV Urban Renewal Agency (URA), six former and current city officials have been accused of an array of fraud, theft, and coverup charges pertaining to $6 million in federal housing funds which are not accounted. Frank Acocella, Esq., independent counsel to the Urban Renewal Agency who filed the Civil Action Lawsuit in United States District Court, advised he had intention to conduct a press conference on Saturday, April 7th at 12Noon to announce further details of the charges filed. Yonkers Tribune could not attend the Saturday presser.
Mount Vernon’s former Mayor Ernie Davis, Comptroller Maureen Walker, Planning Commissioner Jaime Martinez, Police Commissioner Robert Kelly, and sitting-Council Members Andre Wallace and Marcus Griffith, along with several developers, are named as defendants in the case.
The claim outlines details about a February 2016 criminal incident, where Councilman Wallace and Griffith entered a sealed crime scene at City Hall without permission, and were confronted by police while attempting to leave the premises with federal documents pertaining to grants from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The original police report filed on the evening in question is alleged to have been altered in a directive demanded by Police Commissioner Kelly four separate times over the following four days. A recording exists of Kelly admitting to directing the fraudulent alteration of these documents.
SOURCE: Brian Finnegan, Publicist