NEW YORK (PIX11) — Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes misused money seized from drug dealers and other criminals to fund his unsuccessful re-election campaign, according to the findings of a probe by the New York City Department of Investigation.
The New York Times reports he allegedly used more than $200,000 of that money to pay a political consultant on his failed re-election campaign. Kenneth P. Thompson was voted into office in November, displacing Hynes, who had been in office since 1990.
The case has been turned over the state attorney general and other agencies, the Times reported.
Hynes could face larceny charges as well as misdemeanor charges for violation of the City Charter and regulations of the conflict of interests board, the Times reported.
The inquiry into Hynes’ alleged actions began in November 2013.
The report also names city criminal courts’ administrative judge Barry Kamins, who allegedly violated judicial code of ethics by advising Hynes on his campaign among other violations.
A state courts spokesman told the Times Kamins has since been relieved of his duties.