By Kenneth Lovett
ALBANY — The state attorney general's office and a federal prosecutor are both looking into the payouts of thousands of dollars in questionable stipends to state senators who were identified in pay records as committee chairs when they weren't, the Daily News has learned.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office and the U.S. Attorney Eastern District office each have requested documents from state Controller Thomas DiNapoli related to the matter, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
“Both requests happened very rapidly after the news of the payments in question broke,” the source said.
In order for Schneiderman to launch a criminal investigation, it would need a formal referral from the controller's office. It's unclear whether such a referral was made.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)