NY judge charged with obstruction of justice

October 11, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a New York judge over a scheme to impede a federal investigation into a nonprofit financial institution.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman says Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Sylvia Ash was charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of obstruction of justice. She faces up to six years in prison on the conspiracy charge, while the obstruction charge carries a maximum 20 year penalty.

Prosecutors on Friday accused Ash of deleting text messages and making false statements as a federal investigation continues into the nonprofit Municipal Credit Union.

Efforts to reach Ash, the financial institution’s former board chair, were not immediately successful Friday.

Prosecutors say a former New York City police officer faces separate charges in the case, including embezzlement.