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William Scarborough, Queens assemblyman, arrested in travel expense investigation, state official confirms

Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Queens) said FBI agents questioned

Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Queens) said FBI agents questioned him about this travel expenses and removed boxes of records from his office. Photo Credit: Flickr/nycpublicadvocate

A Queens assemblyman, whose offices were raided by law enforcement in March, was arrested Wednesday, a state official confirmed.

Assemb. William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) will be arraigned Wednesday morning, according to an official with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the arraignment hadn't occurred yet.

State officials have slated a 2 p.m. news conference in Manhattan to discuss the case.

In March, FBI officials raided Scarborough's offices amid the state legislative session.

Scarborough who has held office for 20 years, said at that time agents questioned him for an hour, alleging he "abused the voucher system" for collecting per diem and travel reimbursements for work in Albany when he may have also been in his Queens district. The investigation is the latest in a series of corruption and sexual-harassment scandals in the State Legislature.

Scarborough told reporters shortly after the raid: "We had an interview. They presented this information. They wanted me to take responsibility for the allegations. They wanted to know if I wanted to enter into some sort of arrangement where I could give them information about any irregularities that I knew of."

He later added: I don't believe I have misrepresented the Assembly and I believe I have acted in accordance with the law. I'm innocent."

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