- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A former Mount Vernon, New York planning commissioner has been convicted of steering a computer services contract to a company secretly owned by her former boyfriend.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Constance “Gerrie” Post diverted more than $1.2 million in federal housing funds to the company owned by Wayne Charles.

Post was commissioner of the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development as well as executive director of its Urban Renewal Agency.

She and Charles were convicted Monday following a retrial on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy.

They could get up to 40 years in prison when they’re sentenced on March 1. Charles could get an extra five years for an earlier conviction on making false statements to federal agents.

Post’s attorney says an appeal is planned.

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