Senate Staffer Pleads Down Forgery Case

ALBANY—Indira Noel, a top Senate Democratic staffer, pleaded guilty this morning to disorderly conduct.

Above is the complaint filed against her, which accuses her of two misdemeanor forgery charges related to a 2007 incident in which she falsely signed documents to obtain college transcripts of Jean Pierre, a staffer who Noel hoped to have fired.

Heather Orth, a spokeswoman for Albany County District Attorney David Soares, said Noel pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation, and paid a $250 fine.

Noel was suspended without pay for two weeks when the allegations first surfaced, and still works for the State Senate under Senate President Malcolm Smith. His spokesman, Austin Shafran, said "when the incident first occurred, immediate disciplinary action was taken and now the case has been resolved fully and we are moving forward."

Liz has more details here on Noel, including her recent pay raise and rumored liaisons.

UPDATE: E. Stewart Jones, who represented Noel in court, told me the resolution was "fair."

"She should never have been in that position in the first place," he added.

Senate Staffer Pleads Down Forgery Case