Indictment: Bribes behind Qatari plane's UN parking spot

August 01, 2018 - 5:36 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York airport supervisor is accused of taking bribes and breaking security rules to let Qatar and other countries park their planes overnight during the U.N. General Assembly.

Marlene Mizzi was indicted Wednesday on charges of receiving a reward for official misconduct. A travel coordinator accused of giving her meals, limo rides and a watch also was charged.

They each face up to four years in prison if convicted on the top counts.

The 54-year-old Mizzi has been suspended from her job as assistant duty supervisor at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

Qatar's mission to the U.N. didn't immediately comment.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood says Mizzi didn't have proper approval to make exceptions to a rule prohibiting foreign state aircraft from parking overnight.

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