Indicted Ruben Wills denies accusations of wearing a wire
by Jess Berry
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Indicted Councilman Ruben Wills with attorney Steve Zissou.
Indicted Councilman Ruben Wills with attorney Steve Zissou.
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Wills says posters from events hosted by his non-profit prove it wasn't a sham.
Wills says posters from events hosted by his non-profit prove it wasn't a sham.
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Indicted Councilman Ruben Wills denounced Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the New York Post for accusing him of having worn a wire to gather incriminating evidence on fellow politicians.

Wills released a statement and held a press conference on Wednesday morning at Maranatha Baptist Church in Queens Village to respond to allegations made in a New York Post article printed on May 11.

“I want to be crystal clear that I have NEVER worn a wire,” read a statement from Wills and his legal team. “The Attorney General’s office on several occasions has asked me to wear a wire and each time I told them no, that I would not wear a wire to try and entrap any of my colleagues or anyone else.”

The New York Post, based on information from two unnamed sources, wrote that Wills wore a wire but was unable to get any information because “he was radioactive, and nobody would speak to him.”

Wills, who has been charged with stealing more than $30,000 in taxpayer dollars through his charity New York 4 Life, claimed that he had told the Post that the accusations were untrue, but that his statement had not been printed in the article.

“After the grand jury was convened, the Attorney General’s office told me to ‘cooperate’ and do a ‘Nelson Castro’ and they would disband the grand jury, send those good people home and the pending indictment would go away,” Wills said in his statement. “Because I refused, again, the Attorney General proceeded with his side of the story.”

Wills and his defense attorney Steve Zissou plan on filing a motion within the next couple of weeks calling for Attorney General Schneiderman to be replaced by a special prosecutor.

“We don’t think he’s capable of being fair and impartial in this case,” Zissou said.

While Zissou declined to answer any questions regarding the allegations over Wills stealing money from his non-profit, he and Wills did bring posters with photos of events that he hosted through New York 4 Life, which aims to help single mothers.

Wills said the events were proof that he wasn’t pilfering funds.

“This is years and years of what they call a ‘sham’ not-for-profit,” Wills said.

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