Friday, 27 March 2015
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Feb 18 2011 | 3:15am ET
Henry Morris, the man at the center of New York’s pay-to-play pension scandal, was sentenced to between 16 months and four years in prison yesterday.
Morris, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in March, was sent straight to jail by New York State Justice Lewis Stone. Stone called Morris’ scheme of taking kickbacks from investment advisers, including hedge funds, in exchange for allocations from the New York State Common Retirement Fund, “evil.”
“My actions diminished the integrity of New York State’s government,” Morris said at his sentencing. “Most importantly, they caused ordinary people to question their faith in the political system.”
The case against Morris was led by former New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, now the state’s governor. His successor, Eric Schneiderman, said, “today’s sentencing decision by the court sends a strong message to New Yorkers that those who abuse positions of power to line their own pockets will be held accountable by this office.”
Morris was the top political consultant under former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who resigned after an unrelated scandal and last year pleaded guilty to corruption charges himself. Among the alternative investments firms caught up in the scandal were the Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings.
Mar 9 2015 | 6:35am ET
As more investors look to diversify, many are beginning to use retirement funds to invest in alternative assets such as private equity and real estate. Kelly Rodriques, CEO & President of PENSCO Trust Company, explains how companies can connect with those looking to use their retirement accounts in a different way. Read more…
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…