- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal court hearing has been scheduled for a possible guilty plea by a longtime state assemblyman from New York City accused filing false claims for travel reimbursements.

The change of plea hearing has been scheduled May 7 for Assemblyman William Scarborough, who pleaded not guilty last year to charges of theft and wire fraud related to $40,000 in expense claims from 2009 to 2012.

Defense attorney E. Stewart Jones is declining to comment before the hearing.

A felony conviction would cost the Queens Democrat his seat in the Assembly.

Scarborough has said he was at his Albany office more than many downstate lawmakers, working there when the Legislature wasn’t in session, with more expenditures.

A separate state indictment accuses him of using campaign funds for personal expenses.

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