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NYC councilman arrested in attorney general’s probe

New York City council member Ruben Wills speaks with members of the media during a news conference at City Hall in Lower Manhattan. (File Photo)
New York City council member Ruben Wills speaks with members of the media during a news conference at City Hall in Lower Manhattan. (File Photo)
Photo Credit: Mike Balsamo/Examiner.com

A New York City Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested Wednesday morning by investigators from the state attorney general’s office as part of an ongoing corruption probe, a law enforcement source said.

Wills, a democrat who represents southeast Queens, was being processed Wednesday morning at the NYPD’s 112th precinct in Forest Hills and is expected to face a judge later in the day at the Queens Criminal Court. Wills was arrested alongside Jelani Mills, a relative he has worked with, the source said. Specific charges the two will face were not immediately released Wednesday morning.

The New York Daily News reported in 2012 that the state attorney general’s office was investigating $33,000 that allegedly went missing after being distributed to a nonprofit linked to Wills.

Phone calls placed to the councilman’s district and legislative offices went unanswered Wednesday morning.

“The City Council takes these troubling allegations from the New York State Attorney General very seriously and will be reviewing them thoroughly,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said. “New Yorkers expect and deserve a government that is ethical and responsible and that is the standard we’re seeking to uphold.”

Council officials said Wills has also been stripped of his power to allocate member funds.