Legal News

Fruit Basket Fails to Shield Former Lawmaker from Fraud Charges
Download PDF

On Wednesday, a former New York state lawmaker pleaded guilty to wire fraud for making promises of getting the sentence of an accused reduced, and asking the accused to send him $80,000 hidden in a basket of fruits.

Jimmy Meng, 69, who used to represent Queens in the state Assembly, and whose daughter Grace Meng represents Queens today, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Allyne Ross in Brooklyn to the offense, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. However, under the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to go for a sentence between 12 and 18 months.

According to prosecutors, one Eric Hu approached Meng to help in negotiating a favorable plea deal in tax crimes, for which he had been charged in the state court in Manhattan.

  
What
Where


Though Meng did not have any influence with the prosecutors, he represented that he could get Hu’s sentence reduced to one year and $20,000 per prosecutor would be needed to get the job done.

As there were four prosecutors in Hu’s case, Hu, according to specific instructions of Meng, sent an amount of $80,000 stuffed in a fruit basket to Meng. During the course of events, the two men discussed things and modus operandi several times over the phone.

Meng was arrested on July 24 after receiving the fruit basket from Hu in a Queens lumber yard owned by Meng. While pleading guilty on Wednesday, Meng admitted that he meant to keep the money himself and never intended to bribe the prosecutors.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said that Meng “dangled the promise of justice for sale, but his claims of special access to prosecutors were nothing more than lies, designed to satisfy his greed.”

The case is U.S. v. Meng, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, No. 12-704.





 

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Junior Commercial Litigation Attorney with products liability experience

USA-AZ-Phoenix

Phoenix office of our client seeks junior commercial litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experienc...

Apply Now

Employment Defense Attorney with 5+ years of litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of our client seeks employment defense attorney with 5+ years of litigation exper...

Apply Now

IP Patent Attorney with 2-5 years of computer engineering experience

USA-WI-Milwaukee

Milwaukee office of our client seeks intellectual property patent attorney with 2-5 years of experie...

Apply Now

Labor and Employment Attorney with 3-4 years of litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of our client seeks labor and employment attorney with 3-4 years of litigation ex...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Legal Secretary

USA-FL-Fort Lauderdale

Prestigious and long established boutique law firm downtown Fort Lauderdale seeks an experienced civ...

Apply now

BUSINESS IMMIGRATION PARALEGAL

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Under the supervision of lead attorneys, the firm is seeking a paralegal who will be responsible for...

Apply now

BUSINESS IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY MID-LEVEL OR SENIOR

USA-CA-Los Angeles

The firm is seeking a business immigration attorney who will work closely with clients on business i...

Apply now

Document Review Attorney

USA-PA-Philadelphia

Update Legal is currently seeking PA admitted Attorneys for an ediscovery document review. No experi...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top