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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Manhattan Surrogate-Elect Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges

Manhattan Surrogate-Elect Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges
The New York Law Journal by Daniel Wise - December 11, 2008

Manhattan Surrogate-elect Nora Anderson this morning surrendered on charges that she had disguised $250,000 that she pumped into her campaign shortly before the Sept. 9, 2008 Democratic primary as being her own when in fact the funds came from Seth Rubenstein, the lawyer in whose office she has worked for the last nine years. Ms. Anderson will be arraigned this afternoon on a 10-count indictment and faces a maximum prison term of 1 1/3-to-4 years if convicted of any of the top six counts, all Class E felonies. Mr. Rubenstein, a well-known trusts-and-estates attorney based in Brooklyn, faces identical charges. Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau said the "crux of the case" is that the two sought to evade campaign spending limits which apply to Mr. Rubenstein as a contributor, but not to Ms. Anderson as the candidate, by making it appear that his contributions had in fact come from her. Mr. Rubenstein is accused of making two payments in August, one for $100,000 and one for $150,000 from his accounts to Ms. Anderson's personal accounts. She in turn, within days of the first Rubenstein deposit, contributed $100,000 to her campaign. On the same day as the second deposit, she loaned her campaign $150,000. The maximum Mr. Rubenstein could have contributed to Ms. Anderson's primary campaign was $33,122, Mr. Morgenthau said. Mr. Morgenthau quipped that Ms. Anderson "should have been running in Chicago maybe," a reference to the corruption charges unveiled against Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich yesterday. Both Ms. Anderson and Mr. Rubenstein are accused of four counts of filing a false instrument in the first degree and two counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, all Class E felonies. They are also accused of two counts of violating a requirement that campaign contributions be made under the true name of the donor and two counts of willfully violating contribution limits, all misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in prison. Experts said that Ms. Anderson likely will be suspended by the Court of Appeals by the end of the year. An interim surrogate would then be appointed by the OCA.


Anonymous said...

My, I'm so proud of our elected public officials. Now, how did this corrupt person get elected? And how did she run UNOPPOSED!?!??!?! Anyone think that there may be a problem, or is it just me. A COMPLETE MELTDOWN, that's what we have here with our public officials.

Anonymous said...

She should appeal to Kaye for advice. I'm sure this is just a misunderstanding that Kaye could fix. Kaye, Pfau and this one; we can be happy that women are just as corrupt as men.

Anonymous said...

All under the big noses of Pfau and Kaye. Sniff, sniff. Something really stinks. Pfau must also go when Kaye slides out the door.

Anonymous said...

Nora Andreson wants this job because she knows the money she can make. We have all learned that US Senate seats are for sale, so what is a Manhattan (NY County) Surrogate Judgeship worth. At this point it is worth nothing to Nora Anserson because she should be disbarred. She can't be a Judge if she is not an attorney. Then she can go away, far away. And then we can all see the next grifter that is put forth by the people that control the Surrogate's Court. I can't wait...

Anonymous said...

the CJC should be shut down immediately is agreed and this bunch has whitewashed many a valid complaint to the detriment of ny citizens and a fair judicial system

yet, according to the statement by the federal agent in this upstate ny case, public corruption is being taken very seriously as shown by today's Indictment of a former NY State Supreme Court Judge in upstate who had been an election lawyer and who was involved in the 2000 Bush - Gore recount mess on behalf of Team Bush


Anonymous said...

My advice to The Manhattan Surrogate Court. If you are thinking of doing wrong in Manhattan, you better think again. Mr.Morgenthau will swoop down on you faster than a hawk on a field mouse.

Many years back we attempted to put a bug in a Surrogate Judge's chambers. The plan was to put a team on overtime for Saturday and Sunday. Putting a bug into a location is a very difficult and tricky exercise. Putting a bug in a judge's chambers is even more trickier. That was the reason we wanted two days: try in on Saturday and if something went wrong we could go back the next day.

That needed the cooperation of our bean counting Captain of Detectives. He didn't want to go for the two days of overtime. We tried in on Sunday and there was a problem. We didn't get in and the court order expired. Any excuse not to give the wire by another judge and you can understand the obstacles.

That caused the captain to get transferred out to a more suitable bean counting job in Police HQ.

Mr.Morgenthau is death on corrupt judges. Even at the young age of 88 years, the district attorney still has the courage and integrity of taking on the big guys. A district attorney half his age would think a hundred times before getting a bug order for a judge.

The People of NY have been blessed with more than 60 years of being represented by the two greatest district attorneys in this nation's history.

Don't fix what isn't broken.

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha

Anonymous said...

If anyone has been listening to the mob controled Surrogate Court of Westchester County then it's just a matter of days before one Anthony A. Scarpino gets a long overdue set of silver handcuffs to go with his otherwise hoodlum dress. Enjoy the perp walk, Tony, you deserve more than anyone else. Ho. Ho.

Anonymous said...

Why was Anderson already sworn in by Judge Glen? What's that about?

Anonymous said...

Hey Hawkman,

Either you're jokin' or I want what you been smokin!

Anonymous said...

These morons become brazen, believing they can get away with any misdeed, because that's what they've been observing for a long time: protection, for money, and as long as you take care of the insiders.

Anonymous said...

What makes OCA so sure they have not had a satellite listening device directed at might not want to be so cocky with your could have been a possibility...just thinking!
Judges beware...they have caught a big fish with this device and it is very convenient for them to track you and probably may have...busted and jail time sounds like the new sentencing mantra for our NY judiciary....but for those who usually hand it out.
Can't hide from big brother! Wave at the takes a less clear picture of your mug than the police camera.

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