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Assistant With New York AG Letitia James’ Office Could Face Tampering Charge

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An assistant to New York Attorney General Letitia James is facing possible criminal charges for vandalism, according to a report from last week.

Assistant Attorney General Stacey Hamilton may face charges of criminal tampering for allegedly throwing an unknown liquid on a neighbor’s car in November, causing damage.

Hamilton’s lawyer allegedly accused Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office of “unfair treatment” despite the case being assigned to an independent special prosecutor.

In recent months, James and her office have gained national attention due to civil fraud charges filed against former President Donald Trump and his company. The investigation resulted in a successful business fraud lawsuit against the ex-president, which culminated in a judgment of over $464 million, which has since been cut to $175 million.

“However, the purported charge against Hamilton is entirely unrelated to Trump, instead involving an alleged dispute or incident between the assistant attorney general and her neighbor,” Newsweek reported.

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“Hamilton, who has worked for multiple state government agencies in the Empire State, denied to The Times Union that she had been charged with any crime, purportedly telling the paper’s reporter over the phone that they ‘really need to actually do some investigating,'” the outlet added.

Police received a report of vandalism from a neighbor on November 16. According to the Times-Union, the neighbor claimed that Hamilton had poured unknown substances on his car and ruined the paint.

According to Hamilton’s attorney, Kevin Gagan, the assistant attorney general was physically assaulted by the girlfriend of the car owner on the same evening of the supposed vandalism incident. The girlfriend is now facing an assault misdemeanor charge.

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Gagan claimed that the vandalism complaint was fabricated to “get [Hamilton] arrested and to get into the papers to embarrass her so that she would drop the criminal case against this guy’s girlfriend—that’s the whole case.”

He also claimed that the office of Soares was “pulling the strings behind this” due to “maybe some personal animosity between” a former coworker of Hamilton who works in the office.

The office is not involved in Hamilton’s purported prosecution and told the paper that there was “absolutely no truth to claims of behind-the-scenes manipulation by any member of our office.”

When asked about a court document citing the tampering charge, Hamilton told The Times Union over the phone, “You clearly require some investigation and some update in your knowledge” because the document did not mean she was “charged with something.”

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“It’s a piece of paper. Do you understand what words mean?” Hamilton said. “I understand what’s written on a piece of paper… If you do anything else with false information other than asserting it to me on the phone, you better be real careful.”

According to reports, the assistant attorney general, Hamilton, was supposed to attend a court hearing on Tuesday regarding the vandalism charges against her. Judge John Reilly of City Court has, however, moved the hearing to April 17.

In the event that she is convicted of third-degree criminal tampering, she could face up to 90 days in jail.

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