A New York state lawmaker already facing bribery and other corruption charges has pleaded not guilty to new mail fraud charges.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. of Brooklyn is accused of using funds meant for a nonprofit to pay for community events promoting his political career. He entered the plea on Monday. The new charges were announced earlier this month.
The revised indictment accuses Boyland of using the diverted funds to buy T-shirts with the slogan "Team Boyland" for the community events. It also alleges he directed members of his staff to falsify invoices for the purchases.
Federal prosecutors previously accused Boyland of soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents and receiving "tens of thousands of dollars" in mileage expenses and per diem payments that he wasn't entitled to collect.
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