Former Orange County Executive Ed Diana facing more fraud scheme allegations

They're demanding further review of Diana and two others on the board of the county's Independent Development Agency.

News 12 Staff

Jun 30, 2021, 11:37 AM

Updated 1,111 days ago

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Members of the Democratic Caucus in Goshen are calling on the State Attorney General to investigate a fraud scheme involving former Orange County Executive Ed Diana.
They're demanding further review of Diana and two others on the board of the county's Independent Development Agency.
All three pleaded guilty last week for lying about their employment with a company contracted by the IDA. Each has been ordered to pay back more than a million dollars.  "The Democratic Caucus fully supports additional investigation, penalties and consequences to ensure that this never is allowed to happen again," says Orange County Legislative Minority Leader James Kulisek.
Legislators are also calling for the removal of Republican Legislator Steve Brescia. Brescia was removed from the IDA board after officials say he turned a blind eye to the illegal activity.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler responded to the Democratic Caucus' criticism of Industrial Development Agency case saying, in part, “We looked for instances of direct theft, the investigation revealed no such larceny, despite some critics continuing to claim otherwise."


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