70 NYCHA employees arrested in DOJ’s biggest bribery takedown

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday arrested 70 employees of the New York City Housing Authority in the largest bribery takedown in Justice Department history. 

The current and former employees of NYCHA, which oversees the city’s public housing, are accused of taking bribes from private contractors in exchange for awarding them lucrative contracts, according to authorities. 

Prosecutors with the Southern District of New York announced the charges against the 70 defendants on Tuesday, saying they abused their authority at NYCHA to illegally benefit themselves, while doing significant harm to taxpayers and low-income residents of public housing.