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The widening investigation into the pair of drug distribution networks took shape after patrol officers on the East End noticed “a significant upward trend” in heroin and cocaine drug busts beginning last September, the DA’s office said.
Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and statewide are rallying and organizing other grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers into being more ethical and transparent. Local good government groups picketed this week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit this week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
A Long Island bank CEO, hotelier and attorney charged with forcibly touching a woman at Stony Brook University last year has reached a deal with prosecutors that avoids jail time, records show. Suffolk County Judge Karen Kerr ordered John C. Tsunis—chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gold Coast Bank, chairman and CEO of Long Island Hotels and special counsel at the Islandia-based law firm Tsunis Gasparis Lustig Ring & Kenney, LLP—to serve 70 hours of community service.
Federal prosecutors made their case by comparing Walsh's time sheets with records from Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, various Long Island golf courses, the Conservative Party, his cell phone, bank transactions and other documents between 2011 and 2014.
"Lieutenant Walsh seemed to be a little upset, asked why it was happening and stated, 'if you're worried about the other agency across the river, they're not doing anything,'" Kanas, who's since retired, told the jury. He added: "I took it to mean the district attorney's office."
Among the complaints lodged against Walsh were anonymous allegations that he was unprofessional and abusive, but neither those claims nor the accusation that the chairman was politicking at work resulted in disciplinary action, DeMarco testified Tuesday at Walsh's theft and fraud trial at Central Islip federal court.
Retired Suffolk County Sheriff's Office investigator Ed Walsh swindled taxpayers by going on golf outings, sitting at poker tables and attending political meetings instead of performing his duties as a lieutenant, prosecutors alleged Wednesday during opening arguments at the Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman's federal fraud trial.
Walsh is on trial for scheming to defraud taxpayers of $80,000 in no-show work at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and Suffolk County jail. Prosecutors allege Walsh falsely represented that he was working while he was actually gambling at Foxwood’s Casino in Connecticut, golfing, or conducting Conservative Party business on the taxpayer dime. The party big was also accused of lying to FBI agents when he allegedly claimed he worked flex time for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
Federal prosecutors allege in court papers that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota quashed investigations into embattled ex-county correction officer and Suffolk County Conservative Party Chair Edward Walsh, who was indicted last year on charges of defrauding taxpayers of more than $80,000 in no-show work.
Disgraced ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations and conspiracy charges Friday for beating a suspect and ordering police to cover it up. Burke was arrested in December 2015 on allegations by federal prosecutors that he had beaten Smithtown resident Christopher Loeb while in police custody two years earlier and coerced police officials who had witnessed the beating to lie to investigators about what they’d seen.