NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Queens City Council member Ruben Wills was charged in connection with an ongoing political corruption probe, according to an indictment unsealed in Queens Criminal Court on Wednesday.
Wills was charged with a dozen crimes, including scheming to defraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records, according to the indictment. The 42-year-old Democrat did not enter a plea and was released without bail. Outside court, Wills said he is “presumed innocent.”
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“This is America, people. You are presumed innocent until you are proved guilty,” he told reporters outside court. “I know because of where I come from and the color I am, it doesn’t usually work like that with you guys, but I’m presumed innocent.”
He added that he is not resigning from the council.
“I’m telling you I’m innocent. How many people have stood here before the cameras and said outright they are innocent? Not too many,” Wills said.