Jan 5, 2011

Feds open investigation into city worker conspiracy during storm response

A report at the link below is titled, "NYC blizzard: Feds open criminal probe into alleged city worker conspiracy during storm response."

The photo shows a snowplow operator napping during the blizzard.

The investigation by the Brooklyn U.S. attorney's public integrity unit was prompted by the claim by City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) that guilt-racked workers told him a slowdown was ordered as vengeance for budget cuts and demotions.

If true, the feds could examine whether wire or mail fraud statutes were violated by workers pocketing overtime pay during an illegal job action, sources said.

The city Department of Investigation is also probing the allegations, and the Brooklyn and Queens district attorneys are reviewing the claims.

More here.