Naomi Rivera target of FBI investigation


According to the NY Post, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera now has the feds after her.

“The FBI is investigating claims that the scandal-scarred Bronx assemblywoman hired her unqualified then-lover to run her taxpayer-funded nonprofit, and used the charity as her personal piggy bank, The Post has learned.

Agents yesterday paid a visit to the Rockland County home of Rivera’s ex-beau Vincent Pinela, the former $75,000-a-year head of her Bronx Council for Economic Development.”

It seemed only a matter of time before US Attorney Preet Bharara got involved. Bharara has pledged to root out political corruption. He recently secured the convictions of Larry Seabrook and Pedro Espada.

On its editorial page, the paper calls out Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his continued support for his embattled colleague.

The saga continues as more law enforcement agencies wade into the Rivera muck.

Stay tuned.

This post has been edited and updated

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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