The investigative authority of the New York attorney general
On 9/29/09 NY Attorney General Cuomo issued more subpoenas in an ongoing immigration fraud investigation. Nearly 100 organizations and individuals in the New York City area are under investigation for allegations of unlawfully providing legal services to immigrants. Courtesy Jan Brown. Punishment may include monetary sanctions (even imprisonment although extremely unlikely). The Attorney General’s investigation began in Long Island in early February. State Commissioner of Education Richard Mills subsequently referred this matter to the Attorney General’s Office. NY Attorney General Cuomo issued more subpoenas and has civil and criminal jurisdiction. The former governor is out of office, fixated on getting even, and looming over state politics. The Affidavit of Service is considered proof that the subpoena was delivered to the intended recipient. Failure to respond to a subpoena is punishable as contempt by either the court or agency issuing the subpoena. Punishment may include monetary sanctions (even imprisonment although extremely unlikely). On March 11, the New York State Assembly authorized an impeachment investigation into the allegations.