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After NYCHA Extortion Take Down Now Villanueva To Get All Contractor Phones

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 14 – For days Inner City Press had heard from its sources there would be a "takedown" on February 6, each SDNY Magistrate Judge would handle seven to 10 defendants.

Arrests happen at 6 am. So at 5:55 am Inner City Press tweeted it, first to X subscribers with the spoiler alert: the expectation was that each of the current or former NYCHA employees would be released on bond the same day.  

And then hours later at 9:39 am the prosecutors announced it. Media rushed around reporting it.  Inner City Press had it first, and after discretely waiting, published it first. Then this thread of presentments, here.

On May 7, amid guilty pleas by others, Vernon Chambers pled guilty - to a misdemeanor; the Information lists $5,500 in bribes for contracts worth $24,000. His sentencing control date is August 20.

On June 14, Inner City Press went to cover the case of a defendant who has not pled guilty. Frankie Villanueva is charged with taking $50,000 in bribes from "four or five contactors," the AUSA said, worth $200,000. The AUSA said he will get contents of the phones of 10 or more contractors. Judge Engelmayer, after asking questions, set the next conference for August 6 at 11 am, saying he might set a trial date at that time.

That case is US v. Villaneuva, 24-cr-366 (Engelmayer)

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