70 Arrested In NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust

NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust

In a groundbreaking move described as unprecedented, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office orchestrated a monumental crackdown on corruption within the New York City public housing sector, resulting in a dramatic series of arrests on Tuesday. This operation, labeled the “NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust,” signifies one of the most extensive actions against federal bribery and extortion charges ever witnessed in a single day.

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NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust : Corruption Unveiled

At a press conference held later in the morning, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams unveiled the staggering extent of the operation. A total of 70 individuals, comprising both New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) employees and contractors hailing from at least six states, found themselves facing charges related to bribery and extortion.

“NYCHA employees shouldn’t be asking for a single penny,” emphasized Williams, underlining the gravity of the situation. “Those who betray NYCHA, the city, or the taxpayers will be held accountable.”

NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust : Decade-Long Scheme

The allegations brought to light a widespread culture of corruption within NYCHA, a critical provider of housing for over 300,000 New Yorkers. The illicit activities, spanning a decade from 2013, revolved around underhanded payments exchanged for no-bid construction and maintenance contracts at public buildings under NYCHA’s purview.