Caribbean-born judge arrested in relation to NY corruption case

Justice Sylvia Ash

The US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan has charged a Caribbean-born justice with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

Geoffrey S. Berman, Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Friday that the charges against Justice Sylvia Ash, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Grenadian and Vincentian parents, stemmed from “a scheme to seek to influence and impede an ongoing federal investigation into fraud and corruption at MCU (Municipal Credit Union), a non-profit, multibillion-dollar financial institution.”

Ash, 62, a Brooklyn, New York resident, is a presiding judge of the Kings County Supreme Court, Commercial Division, and a former chair of MCU’s Board of Directors.

Berman also announced that Joseph Guagliardo, also known as “Joseph Gagliardo”, a former New York City Police Department Officer and former member of MCU’s supervisory committee, was charged separately with embezzlement, fraud and controlled substance offences “arising from abuse of his position as a member of the supervisory committee”. Ash was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York Friday morning.