Suffolk County Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh Indicted on New Charges

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury has indicted Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Edward Walsh on two new criminal charges for allegedly stealing about $80,000 in wages from the county sheriff’s office, authorities said.Walsh, who pleaded not guilty at Central Islip federal court in January to an initial charge of scheme to defraud following his arrest, is now facing counts of wire fraud and theft of funds, according to the indictment.Walsh “falsely represented to the [Suffolk County Sheriff’s office] that he had worked certain regular and overtime hours when, in fact, he did not work those hours,” the indictment states.A representative of Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said the court has not yet scheduled a date for Walsh to be arraigned on the new charges. He is expected to appear in court this month.Prosecutors previously said that the 48-year-old East Islip man, who is a lieutenant at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office, was on the clock while golfing, gambling at Foxwoods Casino, or performing work on behalf of the Conservative Party between 2011 and 2014.Walsh also allegedly lied to FBI agents by claiming that he worked flex time or was on the telephone regarding his work at the Sheriff’s office even while at the golf course, according to investigators.Walsh’s boss, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, who was elected to his position on the Conservative Party line, referred the findings of an internal investigation to the FBI, the sheriff said. He has called the allegations a “violation of the public trust” that is “inexcusable.”Walsh’s Babylon-based attorney, William Wexler, said his client will plead not guilty to the new charges as well.“We vigorously deny it and believe that it is wrongheaded,” he said.While the arrest has shaken up the political world on eastern Long Island, the New York State Conservative Party leadership has said that it is standing by Walsh, who leads the largest Conservative Party chapter statewide.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach

first_img Read More by Metro Video Settings PLAY Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Ad / Skip Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 2:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Read More Full Screen ADVERTISEMENT Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach Read More SPONSORED Advertisement Read More The German appears eager to get back to work with his old teammate (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has welcomed new Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta back to the club after his old teammate was appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery.Arsenal parted company with their former manager at the end of last month though results have hardly improved under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, with the club currently on a run of one win in their last 14 matches in all competitions.Ozil was famously exiled from the squad under Emery, though was given more opportunities by Ljungberg. Top articles 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 Coming Next The German arrived at the Emirates a couple of years after captain Arteta, playing together for three seasons and winning two FA Cups together.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Ozil appears excited to get to work under his former teammate, who has served a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola before taking over at Arsenal.‘Welcome back to the Arsenal family!’ posted Ozil on Instagram within minutes of the Gunners announcing the news, tagging his new gaffer and adding the ‘raising hands’ emoji.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThere had been suggestions that some of Arsenal’s senior players were wary of appointing a novice manager, but Ozil’s post appears to have put those rumours to bed.Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Gunners that will leave him in charge until 2023 and he is thrilled to be returning to his old stomping ground.‘This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,’ he told Arsenal’s website. ‘We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.‘We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.’MORE: Josh Kroenke explains why Arsenal chose Mikel Arteta as new head coachMORE: Freddie Ljungberg in talks with Malmo ahead of Mikel Arteta’s return to ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Jamaican PM considers Privy Council in Trafigura Affair

first_imgAttorneys for former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller and senior officials of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are scheduled to outline arguments to have the so called “Trafigura affair” case go before the London-based Privy Council.Must testify in open courtLast year, the Appeal Court dismissed their appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that Simpson Miller, Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, Colin Campbell and Norton Hinds, must testify in open court about the J$31 million donation by Trafigura Baheer to the PNP in 2006.PNP members challenge rulingThe Dutch Authorities want to question the former prime minister and PNP president and the senior PNP members, but the members have challenged the ruling to give statements in public.Under Dutch law it’s illegal for companies to donate to political parties. At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the then PNP administration.In 2006, the Trafigura scandal resulted in the resignation of Colin Campbell as Information Minister.The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has filed documents opposing the application for the matter to be taken to the Privy Council, Jamaica’s highest court.last_img read more