The New York Post reported today that there is a federal probe of New York State Senator John Sampson, a political ally of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY). Sampson is former Majority Leader of the New York State Senate.
Sources told the Post that the Sampson probe stems from a broader federal investigation of Meeks. Sampson is also linked to convicted mortgage fraudster Edul Ahmad, who is a facing a possible lengthy prison sentence in connection with his guilty plea in a mortgage fraud case. State Senator Sampson performed legal work for Ahmad and has been publicly criticized for notarizing a document for one of Ahmad’s employees despite having a lapsed notary license.
Federal interest in Meeks appears to have begun in 2010 after the National Legal and Policy Center exposed the ties between Meeks and some of his Queens, NY political allies and a questionable charity which appears to have falsely claimed to be raising funds for Hurricane Katrina victims despite little evidence that the money was being used to help the victims.
NLPC later filed a request for an investigation regarding the ties between Rep. Meeks and now-convicted Ponzi-scheme-operator R. Allen Stanford. The NLPC complaint also detailed many questionable aspects as to how Rep. Meeks came to own a $1.2 million home despite paying significantly less.