“The FBI conducted searches today of the Albany and New York City offices of New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough,” said FBI Albany spokesperson Paul Holstein. “At this time, no further information is being released.”
In an exchange with reporters in Albany following news of the investigation, Scarborough said the agents confronted him at 5:45 a.m. and asked about a possible abuse of the Assembly’s travel voucher system.
“They presented to me about four separate items,” Scarborough told reporters, insinuating that an indictment in the future was likely. “Of those items they presented to me, I think a number of them are refutable.”
An October 2012 news report alleged that Scarborough put in for tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of travel and lodging reimbursements, some of which may have been unfounded.
“I think they represent a misunderstanding of the voucher system or a misrepresentation of what I did,” he said of the allegations. “It is unfortunate, because no matter what happens at the end of this, what people will see is what’s going on right now. I do not believe that I have misrepresented the city, I do not believe that I have misrepresented the voucher system. My belief is that I acted according to the law.”