2015-04-15 / Features

Monserrate Seeks Public Money To File Appeal

By LIZ GOFF
Disgraced state Sen. Hiram Monserrate last week filed court papers asking for taxpayer funds to pay the $500 bill to file an appeal in his corruption conviction.

Monserrate, 47, asked a New York State Appellate panel to waive the $500 “docket fee” he needs to file the appeal, saying he is deeply in debt and cannot afford to foot the bill.

The shamed former Queens lawmaker pleaded guilty three years ago to scamming more than $100,000 in city slush funds to help pay for his failed senate campaign.

He was sentenced to two years in prison on the corruption charges.

Monserrate was forced out of office in 2000, after e was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend in a jealous rage. He avoided jail time on that conviction, but was sentenced to probation and ordered to undergo counseling.

Monserrate said in the court papers filed on April 9 that he currently owes $79,000 in restitution stemming from his criminal slush fund conviction, $85,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, $11,000 in unpaid student loans and $15,000 in credit card debt.

The shamed former politician lists his $980 salary from his job with the Brooklyn law firm of Damien Brown and $2,270 in pension benefits as his only monthly income.

Monserrate said he is currently $140,000 in debt and he needs the taxpayer funding in his bid to clear his name.

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