Ex-Legislator Sentenced in Wire Fraud Case

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

A former New York assemblyman has been sentenced in a federal wire fraud case, dealing his daughter, a newly elected Democratic congresswoman from Queens, her first blow.

Former Assemblyman Jimmy K. Meng of Queens was sentenced Tuesday to serve a month in jail, pay a $30,000 fine and perform 750 hours of community service. He’ll also serve four months of house arrest after his jail sentence.

Meng admitted in court last November that he had solicited $80,000 from a friend facing criminal charges. He falsely claimed that he could use that money to bribe prosecutors.

The Democrat served in the state Assembly in 2005 and 2006.

His daughter, Grace Meng, recently became the first Asian-American elected to Congress from New York. But a day after her former Assembly colleagues gave her a standing ovation in their chamber, she was on hand to stand with her father as he pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

“We’re here in support of my father today,” Rep. Meng said. “He has taken full responsibility for his actions and accepts all the consequences. And our family looks forward to getting on beyond this chapter.”