Sunday, 6 May 2012

Scn Detox Advocate Faces 40 Years for Election Fraud

Queens Official Faces 40 Years for Election FraudBy BARBARA LEONARD
Courthouse News Service
     MANHATTAN (CN) - Former New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty Friday to diverting more than $100,000 in city funds toward his failed 2006 election bid.
     Monserrate had campaigned for the state Senate's 13th District while serving as a New York City councilman since 2002. After losing in 2006, he ran unopposed in 2008 but was expelled the following year after he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.

     Prosecutors took issue with Monserrate's use of discretionary city funding in the 2006 campaign. The funds were meant to support local initiatives by community-based, nonprofit organizations within the councilman's Queens district. [..]

[..]      "In the summer of 2006, LIBRE sent databases containing the names and contact information for over 1,000 Queens residents gathered through its voter registration drive to members of Monserrate's campaign team," according to the indictment.

     U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that "1,000 voter registrations was significant" because the election turned on a narrow margin.

  Monserrate, 44, of Jackson Heights, Queens, faces 40 years after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of mail fraud.

     He is scheduled to be sentenced by U. S. District Judge Colleen McMahon on Sept. 14, 2012.

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Hiram Monserrate From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Scientology controversyThe Councilman supported the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project,[3] a project co-founded by Tom Cruise to deliver the Purification Rundown (an alternative "detoxification" procedure created by L. Ron Hubbard as part of Scientology) to treat rescue workers affected by the September 11 attacks.[9] Monserrate went through the program himself, and drafted official proclamations honoring both Cruise and Hubbard.[9][10][11][12] He also attended a fund-raising dinner in New York for the project,[13][14] as well as an event at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.[15] He describes himself as "a Christian, who was raised Evangelical Christian" and denies any belief in Scientology, arguing that it is unconnected to the rundown.[16] He dismissed medical authorities' criticism of the rundown, saying, "This is the same type of thing they said about chiropractors twenty years ago."[16]"   

Scientology library: “Hiram Monserrate”
(archive of media and links about him, his criminal history, Scientology detox program, Tom Cruise and Scientology),3151.msg23040/topicseen.html#new 

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