New York City Councilman arrested in corruption probe
Updated at 08:26 AM today
NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested Wednesday morning by as part of an ongoing corruption investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Wills and a family member, identified as Jelani Mills, were taken into custody and will be arraigned on corruption charges in Queens Criminal Court.
Wills formerly served as chief of staff for ex state Senator Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat previously convicted of running a taxpayer-funded charity fraud.
Authorities say Wills was one of seven city officials Huntley secretly recorded as part of her federal investigation in the summer of 2012. Schneiderman has been investigating politicians and others linked to Huntley ever since.
Wills had been under investigation for steering taxpayer funds into a nonprofit.
He pleaded guilty in 2011 to a 15-year-old misdemeanor criminal mischief charge in Manhattan. He was accused of damaging walls and stealing track lights from a building owned by a client he claimed had owed him money.