2012-09-14 / Top Stories

Meeks Named To ‘Most Corrupt’ List –Again


Representative Gregory Meeks. Representative Gregory Meeks. On Wednesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Representative Gregory Meeks as one of the most corrupt members of Congress for the second year in a row.

Unresolved questions about a loan the congressman failed to report, as well as his ties to several non-profits under federal investigation, earned him a spot in CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, an annual, bipartisan look at Washington’s worst.

“Although he has competition, Meeks may find himself the next member of Congress to be indicted,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Nevertheless, the House Ethics Committee continues to slow walk its investigation into the congressman.”

The number and scope of the ongoing investigations centered on Meeks, who remains frustratingly vague to the public.

The House Ethics Committee continues its investigation into a 2007 loan Meeks received from Queens businessman Edul Ahmad, but failed to report for three years.

Federal investigators continue to probe Meeks and several other elected officials in Queens after a charity they oversee misplaced thousands of dollars raised for victims of Hurricane Katrina — one of several non-profit groups they allegedly manipulated for personal benefit. Meanwhile, months after crooked financier and former Meeks fundraiser

Allen Stanford was convicted and sentenced, the status of the Justice Department’s probe of Meeks’ ties to Stanford remains unclear.

“Of course it’s important to conduct a full and fair investigation, but it’s unthinkable to let such serious allegations go unanswered for so long,” Sloan continued. “The more the Ethics Committee and the Justice Department drag their feet in investigating Rep. Meeks’ misdeeds, the more they undermine the public’s confidence in their elected officials.”

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