CBS: Assemblywoman Gabriella Rosa Resigns Seat Amid Citizenship Scandal; Matthew Myers, counsel
ALBANY — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara made disgraced former Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa an offer she could refuse, sources said.
Bharara wanted Rosa, whom he prosecuted for entering into a sham marriage to gain citizenship, to wear a wire in exchange for leniency, according to sources close to the former legislator.
But unlike other trapped lawmakers, the Dominican-born Rosa said no way, the sources said.
First elected in 2012 to represent Washington Heights, Rosa resigned her seat in June and faces up to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to the sham marriage.
She also admitted committing bankruptcy fraud and accepting an illegal contribution from a foreign government representative.
A Bharara spokeswoman had no comment.
Rosa’s attorney, Matthew Myers, who began representing her a month before she pleaded guilty, said he was unaware if an offer was made for her to wear a wire before he took her case.
“She’s really not that kind of person to have done that,” Myers said. “She’s not a rat or a snitch.”
Former Assembly members Brian McLaughlin and Nelson Castro agreed to wear wires in unrelated federal cases.