Peter Rivera's Pet Non-Profit Involved in Corruption Probe

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The head of a Bronx nonprofit organization that's received substantial funding from Assemblyman Peter Rivera was slapped with corruption charges today, according to a complaint from Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

David Griffiths is being charged with “making false statements in connection with a grand jury proceeding, obstructing justice, and mail fraud in connection with an application to obtain a state grant,” according to a release.

The complaint goes on to detail how Griffiths' nonprofit received almost all of its income from an unnamed “certain member of the Assembly” between 2003 and 2007.

Though the nonprofit and the Assembly member aren't explicitly named, the website for the Bronx group NETS, or Neighbohood Enhancement for Training Services, Inc., lists Griffiths as its executive director and “a part of NETS since November 2003.”

The site also names Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera as the organization's sponsor since 2002 (it's on the mission page of their website, here, at the bottom.