By Josh Saul (New York Post)
June 16, 2014
Federal investigators have joined Attorney General Schneiderman’s probe of former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ financial and political dealings, The Post has learned.
The feds have already interviewed two DA detective investigators who, sources say, chauffeured Mortimer Matz — the political consultant at the center of the Hynes probe — to and from his Upper East Side home during the years he allegedly worked as Hynes’ personal political consultant.
“Matz only worked about three days a week but on those days a detective investigator would pick him up and drop him off,” a source said.
The Schneiderman probe was sparked after DOI found Hynes used $1.1 million in asset forfeiture money to pay Matz, including a hefty chunk for campaign work.
Two assistant US attorneys from Brooklyn federal court were deputized by the AG’s office and two assistant AGs were deputized as federal prosecutors last week so they can jointly probe the allegations against Hynes, the source said.
The move allows federal and state prosecutors to freely share information and more easily operate in both state and federal courts if the probe results in criminal charges.
“It’s not good for Hynes. It’s better to have a state charge than a federal charge,” a law-enforcement source said.
Spokesmen for the state AG and the US Attorney declined to comment.
One reason federal prosecutors may have gotten involved is because fired Brooklyn ADA Barbara Burke first went to them with allegations of DA wrongdoing last year.
The AG probe was sparked after the DOI referred them
to a report that found Hynes used $1.1 million in asset forfeiture money to pay Matz between 2003 and 2013 – with over $200,000 of it going to Matz for campaign work he did during Hynes’ losing 2013 reelection battle against DA Ken Thompson.