Citing a source who was not authorized to discuss the case before this morning's arraignment, Assemblyman William Scarborough was taken into custody following a joint investigation by the state comptroller and attorney general's office.
In March, Scarborough admitted that his home, office and hotel room were raided in an investigation of his daily expense claims. At the time, the assemblyman said it was nothing more than a misunderstanding of the Assembly voucher system that reimburses lawmakers for their travel and lodging expenses.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will discuss the case at a news conference this afternoon in Manhattan.
Scarborough was first elected to the Assembly in 1994. He is only the latest Queens elected official to run afoul of the law.
In just the last two years, Councilman Dan Halloran was found guilty of bribery; former State Senator Shirley Huntley was sentenced to one year in jail for stealing $80,000 from a taxpayer-funded charity she controlled; and former State Senator Malcolm Smith will be back in a courtroom later this year in connection with the same bribery investigation that snared Halloran.
In May, Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested on charges of fraud and grand larceny.