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ALBANY, NY — John L. Sampson, the State Senate leader, performed legal work for a Queens real estate broker who was being investigated by state authorities on allegations of fraud and predatory lending, and was disciplined for acting as a notary for the broker after his notary license had expired, according to state documents. The broker, Edul Ahmad, has been at the center of a loan scandal involving United States Representative Gregory W. Meeks of Queens, who this month admitted that he had failed to disclose a $40,000 loan from Mr. Ahmad on his federal filings. The loan appeared to come with no strings attached, or interest. Mr. Meeks repaid it three years after the fact, once it became a matter of scrutiny. The generous terms of the loan have raised questions about Mr. Ahmad and his political relationships. New details about Mr. Ahmad’s past emerged after The New York Times submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the New York Department of State, which investigates improprieties by licensed real estate brokers. Mr. Ahmad has been the defendant in five cases investigated by the department involving allegations of fraud and predatory lending. Mr. Ahmad was fined $750 in one case and had his license suspended for 30 days in another one. Two other cases, initiated in 2007 and 2008, were referred to the office of the Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, but a spokeswoman for Mr. Brown’s office said Tuesday night that it could not immediately determine what became of the referrals.
Mr. Sampson, the highest-ranking official in the Senate, is described in the documents as having performed a variety of legal work, from meeting with an investigator from the Department of State about documents being collected from Mr. Ahmad to notarizing an affidavit of a former employee of Mr. Ahmad’s. The work took place through 2008, before Mr. Sampson became leader of the Democratic caucus in the summer of 2009, but he continues to act as a lawyer for Mr. Ahmad. While there is no prohibition against a lawmaker representing a client who is the subject of a state investigation, Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a government watchdog group, expressed concern that a state official was performing legal work in a matter involving a state agency. “It’s baffling,” Mr. Dadey said. “It creates a potential conflict because he’s a representative of the state representing someone before the state.” “It’s made all the more problematic because of the questions surrounding the relationship with Congressman Meeks,” he said. “It becomes a web of several conflicts.” Mr. Sampson’s notary work on behalf of Mr. Ahmad got Mr. Sampson into trouble because his notary license had expired; notarizing a document without a valid license is technically a misdemeanor under state law. That led the Department of State to conduct an investigation in 2008 into Mr. Sampson’s conduct. According to documents related to the inquiry, Mr. Sampson told investigators that he was unaware his license had expired and said that his staff had sent in a renewal form but that it had been returned because it was incomplete. Mr. Sampson surrendered his license and was not allowed to reapply for a year.
Mr. Sampson said through a spokesman, Austin Shafran, that he had acted as a lawyer for Mr. Ahmad only on commercial transactions and while the Department of State was in an investigative phase. Mr. Shafran added that another lawyer at the firm where Mr. Sampson works handled any administrative proceedings before state officials. Mr. Shafran called the notary issue “a clerical matter that has been resolved administratively.” Mr. Ahmad, he said, is “a longtime friend and supporter” of Mr. Sampson’s. “They first met at a fund-raiser for Senator Sampson’s first campaign in 1996.” Both men are of Guyanese descent, and Mr. Sampson once tried to help a sister of Mr. Ahmad’s obtain a temporary visa to get medical treatment in the United States. Mr. Ahmad has also donated $6,000 to Mr. Sampson’s campaign. In a brief telephone interview, Mr. Ahmad was evasive about his relationship with Senator Sampson, at first saying he had never paid the senator and that he had never acted as his lawyer. “Senator Sampson is a friend of mine, that’s all he is,” he said. When it was pointed out that Mr. Sampson is recorded in Department of State documents as having performed a variety of legal work on his behalf, Mr. Ahmad said: “I usually seek legal advice on many occasions. John is an attorney.” State records lay out a variety of allegations against Mr. Ahmad. In one case he was accused of having one of his sales agents pose as a buyer so that Mr. Ahmad himself could purchase a property at a low price, unbeknownst to his client, the seller. In another case, a couple who bought a home and used Mr. Ahmad as an agent claimed that their signatures were forged on a number of documents, leaving them with monthly payments far higher than they could afford. Investigators were also told by Mr. Ahmad that a number of his records had been destroyed in a fire. In the phone interview, Mr. Ahmad said he had done nothing improper. Ray Rivera contributed reporting.