NYC: About 70 public housing employees arrested in bribery probe, federal officials say

Source: Gothamist

“At least 70 current and former New York City Housing Authority employees are being charged in a vast kickback scheme that federal prosecutors are calling ‘the largest single-day bribery takedown in the history of the justice department.’ U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said superintendents, assistant superintendents and other NYCHA officials accepted more than $2 million in kickbacks from contractors in exchange for over $13 million in NYCHA business across at least 100 developments. Williams said at a press conference on Tuesday that the workers exploited a no-bid process for contracts worth less than $10,000 to complete minor construction projects, window repairs and other small-scale jobs. He called the scheme ‘classic pay-to-play.'” (02/06/24)