Andrew Cuomo has filed suit against the United Homeless Organization “just in time for the holidays,” writes the Post, saying that the organization is “a scam run by con artists.” The UHO charges beggars $15-$25 to rent a table, a jug, and “UHO-branded materials” for a four hour shift, and Manhattan’s 50 or so UHO tables create the impression that donations will fund “soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and detox centers.” Really, collections provide the table-workers themselves with “everyday money,” as one man put it, while the rental fees go to UHO leaders:
UHO founder Stephen Riley and director Myra Walker take a big cut of the money to fund personal shopping sprees at the GameStop, Home Shopping Network, Bed Bath & Beyond and P.C. Richard, as well as their monthly cable bills, legal papers charge.
Riley, a beefy 60-year-old, shamelessly used the donated dollars — which are supposed to be used to “feed the homeless” — to pay his Weight Watchers bills.
In other holiday news, William McCaffrey is going home for Thanksgiving after spending four years in jail for rape. His ostensible victim admitted that her story was of the made-up variety:
Ms. Peguero, now married and known as Biurny Peguero Gonzalez, 27, went to confession and told a priest that her story about the rape had been a lie. She also said that to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
New DNA tests also appear to clear McCaffrey. Gonzalez’s lawyer blamed the “unfortunate situation” on her “very difficult childhood” as well as “a number of psychological factors.” Mr. McCaffrey is looking forward to turkey, reports The Times; Ms. Gonzalez may now find herself the object of a perjury investigagtion.
And the Manhattan DA’s office has dropped charges against Kathleen Neill, who got naked at the Met for a photo shoot.
“My argument is, you can go stark, raving, completely nude in Times Square, or Rockefeller Center or the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said her lawyer, Tom Hillgardner. He added that the children who were allegedly “endangered” by Neill’s body had just seen the museum’s nude statues. “Perchance they looked at a boob!” he said, with what the Post describes as “mock horror.”