Last week, we reported
on the subpoenas sent out by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to thirteen different gas providers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The intention was simple: these providers, according to Schneiderman, were targeted for price-gouging consumers to profit off of the energy disaster that ensued after the storm. The move reflected the hostile reaction Governor Cuomo shared with the utility companies (LIPA, ConEd, etc.) at the time.
The story was the first major legal action to come out of Hurricane Sandy by a New York government official. However, yesterday, the AG announced another inquiry but, this time, the target is a much more surprising group: non-profits.
In a statement released to the press, Schneiderman's office announced that it has sent out seventy-five letters to non-profit and charity organizations, asking for financial information and ledgers from the recovery efforts. By doing so, the action is not necessarily an indictment or subpoena - like what's been previously seen with the gas providers - but could still shine a light on what could possibly (emphasis here - they're just data requests) be going on behind closed doors.More »