Former Vito Lopez Campaign Treasurer Gets a Year of Probation

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Social Services.





Assemblyman Vito Lopez has a new campaign treasurer for his upcoming City Council run – and just in the nick of time.

His former one, Christiana Fisher, avoided jail time but received one year of probation during her sentencing hearing on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to criminal contempt last year.

Fisher doubled her salary in 2009 while serving as the head of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, a nonprofit that Lopez founded, then falsified tax documents stating that the charity approved the raise. The U.S. Attorney’s Office subpoenaed the charity in 2010 and Fisher stepped down from her post in early 2012.

Calls made to Fisher’s attorney and to Lopez’ office were not returned. Lopez has instead signed a new treasurer, former aide Andy Marte, and filed paperwork to run for the City Council seat that Counciwoman Diana Reyna is leaving this year due to term limits.

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