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Missing Funds Tied to NY Lawmaker Suicide

December 20, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Authorities say a New York lawmaker diverted about $800,000 from an escrow account for his own use before killing himself in a cemetery this year.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed Dec. 19, Assemblyman Bill Nojay illegally misdirected funds from a legal client’s escrow account to his re-election campaign, a lobbyist, a car dealer and his children.

Authorities say the 59-year-old Republican also used the funds to pay property taxes on his home.

Nojay shot himself Sept. 9 near his family’s Rochester plot. His death came just four days before a GOP primary that he won for what would have been his second term.

Nojay faced a federal wire fraud charge when he killed himself. The Democrat and Chronicle filed a motion after his suicide to have the criminal complaint released.

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