Assemblyman William Boyland, who is already under federal indictment on corruption charges, has another problem: He has failed to document $67,497 in travel expenses between 2007 and 2012, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said.
DiNapoli released a letter today dated Feb. 6 that says Boyland, a Brooklyn Democrat, hasn’t provided documentation of the travel reimbursement he has received. DiNapoli said he would withhold any other requests for reimbursements submitted by Boyland.
DiNapoli said that Boyland didn’t submit adequate evidence for reimbursement on 609 of 975 days. The case has been referred to Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
The Times Union reported on the case last week.
“Our examination of Assemblyman Boyland’s travel expenses reveals a troubling pattern of abuse, resulting in more than $60,000 in inappropriate and questionable travel charges,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “My office will withhold future payments to him to recover these funds and continues to cooperate with District Attorney David Soares on this matter.”
A message left at the office of Boyland’s attorney, Richard Rosenberg, was not returned.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported in its series, Platinum Legislature, in 2010, how there is no particular oversight of lawmakers’ travel reimbursements. They receive $165 a day for every day they are in Albany, plus expenses for mileage.