Charity distancing itself from founder state Sen. Leibell
The Putnam Community Foundation was founded by former state Sen. Vincent Leibell to help build affordable senior housing. But in light of a kickbacks scandal allegedly involving Leibell, the charity is concerned for its future.
Leibell pleaded guilty Monday to charges of tax evasion and obstruction after allegedly shaking down the charity's lawyers for thousands of dollars and then covering it up.
Leibell was caught by one of the lawyers, who was wearing a wire when he met with the veteran state senator.
The Putnam Community Foundation released a statement saying it's cooperating fully with federal investigators and denying direct involvement with the scandal.
Residents in the facilities set up by the charity are remaining hopeful that the charity will weather this storm.
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