As expected, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the superseding indictment of his former state Senate colleague and fellow Democrat, Shirley Huntley for filing fraudulent documents in order to have aides pocket legislative member item money.

The indictment comes after Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli investigated Parent Workshop, Inc., a not-for-profit that Huntley founded and alleged used to funnel taxpayer funds to an aide, Patricia Savage and to her niece, Lynn Smith.

The indicment filed in state court today says that after Hunlety learned she was the target of an investigation, she wrote a “template” for a fake, backdated letter that was meant to fool investigations into believing that events by the organization had taken place.

The backdated letter came after the attorney general’s office had filed a subpoena investigating the organization.

Huntley is charged with felony first-degree tampering with physical evidence and falsifying business records and misdemeanor fifth-degree conspiracy.

Schneiderman and DiNapoli had previously announced that the two aides to Huntley, Smith and Savage, were charged with pocketing nearly $30,000 in legislative member item funds through the group.

And it’s another example of the Schneiderman and DiNapoli team up since their Election Day victories nearly two years ago.

In early 2011, their offices formed the Joint Task Force on Public Integrity in order to create duel investigations of public corruption.

But the indictment today also underscores Schneiderman’s pledge to investigate his own colleagues, a promise that his Republican opponent Dan Donovan questioned during the campaign.

“Falsifying documents, conspiracy and deliberately tampering with an open investigation are serious crimes. The individuals who schemed to profit at the taxpayers’ expense and cover it up will be held accountable,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “My office’s partnership with the Comptroller is designed to combat corruption in the public sector, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect every penny of taxpayer money.”

Huntley remains in office, but would be expelled upon conviction.

Senate Minority Leader John Sampson announced this afternoon he was removing Huntley from her two committee ranking posts.

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