News

NY state lawmaker pleads guilty, must resign

NY state lawmaker pleads guilty, must resign

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges over a sham marriage in a deal that requires her to resign from office.

Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa pleaded guilty Friday to lying to immigration authorities about her marital relationship in 2005.

The Democrat, who has represented Upper Manhattan, also pleaded guilty to making false statements in a bankruptcy petition in 2009.

The 47-year-old has agreed not to contest any sentence between a year and 18 months. She will be sentenced on Oct. 3.

The case is the latest in a series involving criminal allegations that have dogged dozens of state lawmakers in recent years. Several have been convicted of corruption-related offenses.

Rosa’s legislative biography says she was born in the Dominican Republic and came to New York in 1994.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks

Nickelback

LISTEN: This week's top rock tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Weird

Man laid to rest in fireworks funeral

Since Independence Day falls during the work week, members of St. Richard Catholic Church celebrated the holiday on Sunday, June 30, 2013, with a picnic-style outing complete with fireworks that could be seen throughout the northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood. The long streamers were recorded in a 13-second time exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A Missouri man will bid farewell to his father by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks and launched into the sky.

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

Zack Galifianakis interviews Brad Pitt on ‘Between Two Ferns’

twoferns

The comic gets in some good digs at the "Fury" star in this hilariously awkward interview that's crashed by Louis C.K.

in Music

Jack White heading to Yale

jackwhite

The rocker will be part of a panel about legendary jazz and blues label Paramount Records.

in Music

Ozzy wants Bill Ward back for Black Sabbath swansong

ozzy

The rocker is keen to end his stand-off with drummer Bill Ward so he can join his bandmates for a final show.