(Patriot.Buzz) – In a tight-lipped corruption crackdown move, the residence of a prominent fundraiser for New York City Mayor Eric Adams was the target of a federal raid. The search, part of an investigation into a suspected payoff scheme between the Turkish government and a Brooklyn construction firm, saw federal agents entering the Brooklyn abode of Brianna Suggs, a campaign consultant and lobbyist.
The event coincided with Mayor Adams’ abrupt departure from Washington D.C., where he was scheduled for immigration discussions at the White House, opting instead to return to New York right away, as reported by The New York Post.
The impetus for the raid was a larger inquiry into potential illicit contributions to Adams’ 2021 mayoral campaign from a Williamsburg-based construction company, deliberately timed for when the mayor was away, according to law enforcement insiders.
Investigators were searching for proof of a conspiracy between Adams’ campaign, the Turkish government, and the construction firm to funnel foreign funds into his campaign coffers through “straw donors”—individuals or entities that donate in their own name but with someone else’s funds.
The search warrant, as per The New York Times, specified that the agents sought evidence related to the theft of federal money, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit these crimes. The focus was also on whether campaign benefits were reciprocated to key figures of KSK Construction Group and Turkish officials.
While Suggs, whose firm has been compensated over $150,000 by the mayor’s campaign since 2021, and Mayor Adams have neither been arrested nor charged, the incident casts a significant shadow. Adams has professed ignorance of any law enforcement contact but returned to New York to oversee the situation. At a Día de Muertos event, he expressed his commitment to the highest ethical standards for his campaign and assured full cooperation with the investigation.
The warrant also demanded Suggs’ financial records, travel records to Turkey of anyone connected to the campaign, and any devices she used. City records reveal that Suggs, a former aide to Adams when he was Brooklyn’s borough president, is on a monthly retainer for the mayor’s political activities and has received substantial personal payments from his accounts, as per campaign finance filings.
Suggs’ company has also been paid handsomely by a PAC while she concurrently lobbied City Hall, raising concerns among government watchdogs about potential conflicts of interest.
The raid raises serious questions about the integrity of Adams’ mayoral campaign and his proximity to the individuals involved.