NY Pol Surrenders On Federal Fraud Charges

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -

A Long Island legislator who dropped out of a state Senate race after being sued by his former law firm surrendered Friday on federal mail fraud charges.

David Denenberg pleaded not guilty to eight counts of mail fraud in federal court and was released after posting a $500,000 personal recognizance bond.

The Democrat quit the race for state Senate in September to fight the allegations but said he does not intend to quit the Nassau Legislature.

In unrelated news, a former Democrat lawmaker from Long Island who once ran for Congress was arrested on Friday on charges of stealing $3,800 worth of jewelry from a woman. David Mejias pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $2,500.