Mayor Bloomberg Talks Payroll Project Scandal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he didn’t pay enough attention to New York City’s automated payroll project, which prosecutors say was tainted with fraud.

“Nobody paid as much attention to it as they should have — from me on down,” he said after a graduation ceremony at Gracie Mansion.

Bloomberg said much of the $600 million allegedly “stolen” from the CityTime project was not spent. He said the city expected to eventually recover a lot of it.

One company and 11 people have been charged in the fraud case. Prosecutors have said the project was “corrupted to its core.”

Two people have pleaded guilty. Two are believed to have fled to India, and one has died. The rest maintain their innocence.

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  • Amli

    These Indians one day are going to suck the US Dry and then will walk away to their HOME LAND. Naive American public always becomes fool at the hands of these foreigners.

  • L.Tino

    Should have paid more attention? After all the warnings and deiniles! DO YA THINK! WHAT A MORON. GO BACK TO BOSTON! Such a arrogant out of touch a hole.

  • rocky

    What about Bloomie he should be investigated by DOI

    • jen

      That will never happen. DOI chief works for Broomie.
      City should have a independent investigator unit to investigate corruption of this type.
      Until the US attoney got involved DOI did nothing but stay by.

  • Anonymous

    Wow what a finical wizard. He should be fired between this and the schools Chancellor Cathie Black Stop wasting our money you moron and hire competent people.

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