Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ellen Davis, Mary Delsener,Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Jennifer Queliz, Carly Sullivanhttp://www.justice.gov/usao/nys(212) 637-2600
FORMER NEW YORK STATE SENATOR AND CITY COUNCILMEMBER HIRAM MONSERRATE SENTENCED IN MANHATTANFEDERAL COURT TO_TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD
Monserrate Financed His State Senate Campaign with New York City Tax Dollars
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York,announced that HIRAM MONSERRATE, a former member of the New York State Senate andthe New York City Council (“City Council”), was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court totwo years in prison for fraud offenses committed while he was a member of the New York CityCouncil related to his misappropriation of approximately $100,000 in City Council discretionaryfunds that he directed to a non-profit organization he controlled to fund his 2006 New York StateSenate campaign. MONSERRATE pled guilty in May 2012 and was sentenced by U. S. DistrictJudge Colleen McMahon.Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Hiram Monserrate helped to underwrite hispolitical ambitions with money that was intended to benefit those in need, and he corrupted hisoffice in the process. He stands in a long line of recent public officials whose crimes haveundermined the public’s confidence in its elected officials. His sentence should serve as areminder that public officials who break the law will be forced to answer to the public theybetrayed, and they will be punished.”According to court filings and statements made in court:From 2002 to 2008, MONSERRATE was a member of the New York City Council andrepresented New York City’s 21st Council District, which includes the Corona, East Elmhurst,and Jackson Heights sections of Queens.As a member of the City Council, MONSERRATE was allocated a certain amount of City Council discretionary funding, which was drawn annually from New York City taxrevenues to support local initiatives by community-based, non-profit organizations. One of thenon-profit organizations that MONSERRATE designated as a recipient of the City Council’sdiscretionary funds was the Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment, Inc.(“LIBRE”), a tax-exempt organization that was based in his district. LIBRE was supposed to usethe city funds to, among other things, run various community programs, including job search and job training workshops.