Former City Council Woman and Former Yonkers Republican Chairman Sentenced for Bribery and Corruption Charges

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SANDY ANNABI, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council, and ZEHY JEREIS, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, were sentenced today to six years and four years in prison respectively for their bribery and extortion convictions related to their sale of ANNABI’s City Council seat.

On March 29, 2012, a jury found Annabi and Jereis guilty on all 11 counts after a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon. As part of their corrupt scheme, Councilwoman Annabi accepted nearly $200,000 in secret payments from Jereis in exchange for taking official actions, including reversing her vote to approve two high-profile real estate development projects. ANNABI was also convicted of making false statements to financial institutions related to loans she was seeking for two houses and an apartment in Yonkers, and for filing false federal income tax returns.

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