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Conflicts of Interest and Regulator Events

Les conflits d'intérêts

Transactions personnelles et influence indue

Self-Dealing and Undue Influence

C'est Vrai proäctively discloses all conflicts of interests and regulator events that are tracked in our proprietary database in an effort to promote greater Government transparency and official accountability.

Our independence allows us to link relationships to reports or allegations of corruption, self-dealing, and undue influence.

We connect the dots. For each category, we list a recent Top 10.

Conflicts of Interest

  • Emily Gallagher, Save Roland ! (Go Fund Me)

    New York State Assembly Member Emily Gallagher reportedly failed to report income in mandatory disclosure filings with the NYS Commission on Ethics. The income came from a Go Fund Me campaign that raised funds in excess of her desired need to cover vet bills for her pet cat, Roland.
  • Riley Roberts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DSA-NY 14) has filed ethics disclosures that identify Riley Roberts as her spouse, even though the couple has not yet been married, raising questions about whether the DSA darling has been filing false ethics disclosure reports with the U.S. Congress.

    The MTA trip history of OMNY payment system users becomes available to anyone who has a credit card number. This is a threat to privacy, according to cybersecurity experts.
  • Denise Felipe-Adams, Mayor's Office of Innovation and Emerging Markets

    Mayor Eric Adams put his long-time friend, Denise Felipe-Adams, in charge of a secretive office to reportedly take "pitches" from private-sector business people wanting to do business with the City of New York. Many pitches have been about crypto currencies.
  • Hunter Biden, Christopher J. Clark

    Christopher Clark filed a motion with a Federal Court, requesting to withdraw from representing Hunter Biden, since Mr. Clark expects he could be called as a witness in future proceedings affecting the younger Mr. Biden.
  • Edward A. Caban, New York Police Department

    First Deputy Commissioner Edward Caban "was accused of cheating on his sergeants exam nearly 30 years ago — and was disciplined in four other misconduct cases," according to a review of police files obtained by The New York Post.
  • Eric Adams, Keechant L. Sewell

    After the CCRB recommended in April 2023 disciplinary action against Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey for abuse of authority allegedly involving an underlying incident in 2021, Mayor Eric Adams pressured Commissioner Keechant Sewell not to impose any discipline, according to reporting in The City.
  • Sharon Adams, New York City Department of Education

  • Louis A. Molina, NYC Department of Correction

    The NYC Department of Correction has ended a policy of publicly releasing information when someone dies in detention, raising the spectre that the Eric Adams administration in engaged in a cover-up of wrongdoing.
  • NYC casino bids, Manhattan (Location 2)

    In a lawsuit, Brian Flores alleged that The Related Companies and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered to pay him to lose games "because Ross wanted to protect the team's draft pick," according to CBS News. Of course, an internal NFL investigation did not prove the allegations.

Regulator Events

  • Howard Redmond, Bill de Blasio

    "While DOI was able to review some limited data associated with Redmond’s text message and encrypted text messaging application communications – such as date sent, message sender, and recipient(s) – the content of very few messages was available for review because they had been deleted from the phone."
    New York City Department of Investigation
  • Bill de Blasio, De Blasio 2020

    The FEC made determinations that Mayor Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign committee, De Blasio 2020, had accepted improper contributions and had failed to disclose the donations in regulatory filings.
    U.S. Federal Election Commission
  • Eric Goldstein, New York City Department of Education

    Brooklyn Federal prosecutors charged Eric Goldstein, the former NYC Public School's CEO of the Office of School Support Services and others with "conspiring to commit extortion under color of official right and solicitation and giving of bribes relating to programs receiving federal funds."
    U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York
  • Charles McGonigal, Sergey Shestakov, Oleg Deripaska

    Charles McGonigal and Sergey Shestakov faced a combination of charges : violating and conspiring to violate sanctions against Russian oligarchs, money laundering and conspiring to commit money laundering, and making false statements. Both men were providing services to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch.
    U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Eric Adams, New York Bail Reform, Keechant L. Sewell

    Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Police Commissioner were accused of unlawfully using information from sealed police records to publicly lobby at a press conference against New York bail reform laws.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Met Gala 2021

    U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14) was the reported subject of an investigation referral after two complaints were filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics over attendance of the 2021 Met Gala.
    U.S. House Ethics Committee
  • Ibrahim Khan, Office of the New York State Attorney General

    The Office of the New York State Attorney General conducted a sexual harassment investigation into Chief of Staff Ibrahim Khan, and Mr. Khan reportedly resigned before the investigation was completely concluded. On the day of his resignation, the investigation was 'substantively' concluded.
    Office of the New York State Attorney General
  • Eric Ulrich, New York City Department of Buildings

    Eric Ulrich was questioned by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, and his cell phone was seized as part of a reported illegal gambling investigation.
    Manhattan District Attorneys Office
  • Stephen K. Bannon, WeBuildTheWall, Inc.

    Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House adviser, was charged in a charity fraud case after a Trump pardon let him evade Federal accountability.
    Manhattan District Attorneys Office
  • Julio Martín Herrera Velutini, Wanda Vázquez, Mark Rossini

    "The accusation allegedly says that Vazquez-Garced accepted the bribery deal," said Stephen Muldrow, U.S. attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.
    U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico