ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -– A New York county executive was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he stole $3,500 in campaign funds to pay off his personal debts, Attorney General Letitia James said.
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He allegedly withdrew $5,000 from his campaign fund in November 2017, according to James, a Democrat whose office led the investigation of McLaughlin. The county executive resigned from his seat as a state Assemblymember in January 2018.
McLaughlin then directed the withdrawal of $5,000 from his campaign fund, according to James. That check was deposited into his consulting firm’s bank account, and a principal at the firm drafted a $3,500 bank check and delivered it to the staffer along with the laptop and iPad.
McLaughlin was arrested and indicted Wednesday on a count of third-degree grand larceny, according to the attorney general’s office.
He was also charged with offering a false instrument for filing.
That charge stems from allegations that McLaughlin filed a state campaign report in December 2017 claiming that the campaign expenditure was for “consulting.”
McLaughlin won reelection by a landslide in October.
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