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NY. More Money Laundering Through Non-Profits With Some Help From The Politicians (Peter Rivera)

January 15, 2011

A complaint unsealed in federal court in Manhattan accuses attorney David Griffiths of producing falsified records in response to a grand jury inquiry into payments he received from Neighborhood Enhancement for Training Services, or NETS.

According to its website, NETS offers job training, educational and social programs for the unemployed, children and senior citizens in the district of Peter Rivera, a Bronx Democrat. The site says Rivera has sponsored the group since 1992.

COMMENTARY: Of course Peter Rivera sponsored the organization.  It’s a grant fraud money laundering organization put into place to keep him elected and his campaigns funded. Peter Rivera

There was no immediate response on Tuesday to a phone message left for Rivera.

The assemblyman is a former New York Police Department officer, Drug Enforcement Administration agent and assistant district attorney in the Bronx.  In other words, he should know better.

Court papers say Rivera, ” had “a long-standing personal and business relationship [with Griffiths]” including more than $200,000 in interest-free loans made by a collection agency – owned by Rivera, run by Griffiths and operating under a city contract – to NETS to cover the non-profit’s expenses..

Last month, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged another Bronx politician, former state Senate Democratic leader Pedro Espada, and his son with embezzling more than $500,000 from their federally funded Bronx health clinic. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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