New York City Housing Authority
Dozens of current and former employees of the New York City Housing Authority were arrested Tuesday in an alleged corruption scheme that set a new single-day record for total bribery charges doled out by the Department of Justice, prosecutors announced.
There were 70 public housing employees charged in total, with the Southern District of New York alleging city workers colluded to pocket more than $2 million in bribe money from contractors in exchange for lucrative contracts.
A sweeping indictment detailed the alleged bribes, which largely involved no-bid contracts in Manhattan and Brooklyn that don’t have to go through a public bidding process. Any contract that’s believed to be valued below $10,000 gets to bypass a public bidding process in New York.