WASHINGTON - A House ethics probe of black Queens congressman Gregory Meeks is focusing on possible criminal charges for his failure to report a $40,000 payment from a businessman that appears to have been an illegal gift. Meeks originally claimed that he received the money as a loan.
The bipartisan Ethics Committee announced it would investigate Meeks over the $40,000 he was given by businessman Ed Ahmad in 2007.
The same committee that recently found Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel violated ethics rules released a 67-page investigator's report Friday that blasted Meeks for being uncooperative with the probe.
A statement released by the panel said the investigation will try to determine whether Meeks "failed to disclose a payment he received in 2007 in a timely manner."