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Ex-NYPD deputy inspector sentenced in Mayor Adams campaign straw donor scheme

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News on

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“He was a friend of the mayor — he didn’t even do this to get the mayor’s ear … If it wasn’t for this case, Dwayne would have been on the short list (for police commissioner).”

Ricco said his client was “a novice when it comes to politics” and was happy to stop fundraising for a year. He added that he was in talks with the community service provider about staying on after completing his sentence.

“Dwayne Montgomery gave a lifetime of service to the city of New York, putting his life on the line every day on various levels,” Ricco said. “This obviously was an aberration for him.”

Adams has not been accused of wrongdoing and has vehemently denied knowledge of the scheme Montgomery participated in. But in the July 2023 indictment, prosecutors quoted Montgomery describing the then-mayoral candidate as having some awareness of the group’s fundraising efforts.

In a July 2021 phone call cited in the charging papers, Montgomery told his co-defendant, construction contractor Riza, of one fundraiser, “(Adams) said he doesn’t want to do anything if he doesn’t get 25 Gs.”

A spokesman for Adams’ 2021 campaign did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment on Tuesday’s outcome. The mayor defended Montgomery after his plea as a good guy who made a regrettable decision and said he had not seen him since before the alleged conduct occurred.


“If I were to see him somewhere, I would say, ‘Hey, Dwayne, how are you doing, I wish the best for you,’” the mayor said.

The mayor’s 2021 campaign is separately embroiled in an FBI investigation for possible collusion with the government of Turkey to score foreign donations, which last year saw the feds seize his electronic devices and raid the homes of his top campaign fundraiser, 25-year-old Brianna Suggs, and Rana Abbasova, from his office of International Affairs. Adams has not been accused of wrongdoing in the federal probe.


(With Chris Sommerfeldt.)


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