2011-02-04 / Top Stories

Report: Ethics Committee Eyeing Meeks

By Howard Schwach


Congressman Gregory Meeks Congressman Gregory Meeks Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents the eastern portion of the Rockaway peninsula, is the subject of a Congressional Ethics Committee probe centered on the errors and omissions on his financial disclosure forms, published reports said on Monday.

The investigation by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct cited the lapses in Meeks’ annual financial filings that include his failure to reveal at least one of his wife’s sources of income – a teaching job at Queens College, according to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein writing in the New York Post.

Sources say that Meeks is also under investigation for other errors and omissions in his filings even though he reportedly filed amended reports late last year.

Meeks’ wife is reportedly the principal in the Lipscomb Lord Group, which she set up in 1999 to do public relations, event planning and advocacy work, the Post article said.

Meeks never disclosed the existence of his wife’s company or the money she received, sources say.

In addition, Meeks is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in relation to questionable finances involving a Hurricane Katrina charity and a nonprofit organization set up by Meeks and State Senator Malcolm Smith.

A spokesperson for Meeks did not return calls for comment.

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