The New York Daily News reports (more detailed New York Post story here) that Christiana Fisher, Lopez’ former campaign treasurer, has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of filing false information in response to a subpoena from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney, which carries a maximum sentence of six months.
According to the Post story: “[a]s part of her plea deal, Fisher agreed to forfeit nearly $171,000 that prosecutor Carrie Cohen said represented the amount of money she pocketed as a result of the falsified documents. She also faces a potential fine of twice that amount.”
Fisher admitted to “recreating” missing documents at the Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Center Council (which Lopez founded) “to justify hiking her salary to a jaw-dropping $607,024 in 2010. She claims she was working a 35-hour week.” Nice work if you can get it.
Oh yeah, Fisher also approved massive raises for Lopez’s girlfriend, Angela Battaglia, who is an executive at the non-profit. Battaglia accompanied Fisher in Court today. It’s too bad she and Lopez won’t be going to jail with Fisher as well.