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The goddaughter of Councilman Ruben Wills (D Jamaica) testified on Tuesday that she did campaign work for the embattled politician while being paid by a nonprofit group he ran.
The Daily News and New York Post have reported that Michelle Davis, called as a prosecution witness during Wills’ ongoing corruption trial, said she had never heard of New York 4 Life, which allegedly paid her more than $400 during Wills’ unsuccessful campaign for the Council in 2009, and again in 2010, when he wound up winning his seat.
Davis, questioned by Assistant Attorney General Travis Hill, said she was never employed by the charity, for which Wills received $33,000 in state grant money.
Under cross examination and on the courthouse steps afterward, defense attorney Kevin O’Donnell portrayed Davis as having a poor memory.
But Wills may have been more damaged by the testimony of Sean Garrick, who testified, according to a New York Times article on Wednesday, that he was listed as New York 4 Life’s executive director without his knowledge.
Garrick said he never received a letter from the state in 2011 requesting to know how the $33,000 was spent. He also testified that he had never attended any meetings or any other function for the nonprofit.
Wills, who is running for re election in November with the support of the Queens County Democratic Party, already has a handful of primary challengers either announced or considering getting into the race.
He is accused of taking a portion of the grant money, as well as some campaign money from city matching funds, for personal use.
Some of the alleged purchases include clothing, jewelry and a pricey Louis Vuitton designer handbag.
The grant was obtained through the office of former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, for whom Wills once worked as chief of staff. Huntley herself served just under a year in prison after pleading guilty to an unrelated corruption charge in 2013.