2010-12-17 / Front Page

Meeks In Hot Water – Again

By Howard Schwach
Already under investigation by several state and federal agencies, Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents the eastern end of the Rockaway peninsula, was cited for more misdeeds in last week’s daily newspapers.

In early December, Benjamin Lesser of the New York Daily News reported that Meeks has, for the past two years, failed to report $3,500-worth of what he calls blackjack winning on his financial disclosure forms.

The existence of the 2008 winnings surfaced for the first time, Lesser wrote, in a November 17 amendment filed to his mandated report this year.

The amendment does not say how Meeks won the money, where he was gambling, or how much he bet.

According to the News, it simply says, “In 2008, I had gambling winnings of approximately $3,500.”

Meeks told the News that he won the money at the blackjack tables in Las Vegas and reported it this year only when his lawyers told him he had to do so.

In the wake of that report, the New York Post said last weekend that Meeks’ Build America Political Action Committee pays $325 a month for an office in the building which houses Meeks’ district office, but that the suite listed by the PAC does not exist.

According to Post reporters Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, documents supplied by Meeks’ PAC say that it is based in Suite 535 at 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, but there is no such suite or office in that building.

The building also houses Meeks’ district office as well as his campaign office.

The building’s manager told the Post reporters that no such suite or office exists.

According to the report, the questionable spending is only one of several inconsistencies in the PAC’s records.

Patsy Simmons, the PAC’s treasurer, declined to comment to the Post, the report says.

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