Thursday, April 8, 2010
BushwickBK's Jeremy Sapienza has been doing a little digging on this, but this appears to be a pretty straightforward fraud case. The facts here are that in 2007 and 2008, a Ridgewood Bushwick employee submitted fabricated expense reports for karate class instruction to the city. The Department of Investigation is continuing to do what it does. Investigate.
I would like to know from Hope Gardens whether these karate classes even happened. Unfortunately, the multi-service center's former director, Ana Gonzalez, passed away last year, so it is difficult to get a comment from the center on the classes. I know Ana at the time was complaining to me that these anti-gang discretionary funds had been frozen in the City Council after the slush fund scandal, but we didn't talk about karate.
As for the other rumors, the woman who is being investigated is not a former Diana Reyna campaign staffer. Reyna's office has no idea who she is.