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NY1 Exclusive: Queens Councilman Indicted on Corruption Charges Campaigns to Clear His Name

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A Queens City Councilman who was indicted on a long list of corruption charges last month is launching a public campaign to try to clear his name. Ruben Wills sat down in an exclusive interview with NY1's Ruschell Boone to show her evidence he says helps his case.

City Councilman Ruben Wills is heard saying "I said my stuff is clean" on undercover video recorded in the summer of 2012. He's speaking with former State Senator Shirley Huntley, who taped several lawmakers before going to prison on corruption charges.

Wills is facing his own set of charges, and he says the tape bolsters his claims of innocence.

"I'm not just saying I'm innocent today. I've been saying I was innocent in 2011, 2012 when the tape was happening," Wills said.

A spokesperson for the attorney general wouldn't comment about the video or this story so we don't know if there's more footage that we haven't seen or what the other evidence is.
Wills, who sat down with us without his attorney, said his legal team received the video from the State Attorney General's office after more than a year of asking for it.

Wills: I gave you everything that we got from the attorney general's office.
Boone: Was it edited at all?
Wills: Not one piece of it was edited.

We watched for 50 minutes as Huntley asks leading questions about State Senator John Sampson, who was also arrested on corruption charges.

Huntley: Did you meet that guy from the airport, that Sampson? Remember, I was supposed to go to the airport?
Wills: No, I didn't go.

And the AG's case against Wills..among other things. Wills is charged with two separate schemes to steal public money meant for his City Council campaign and a nonprofit.

Wills: It's some B.S. That's what it seems like, but it's no big deal. I mean, you know, because there's nothing, there's nothing there. Everything is clean."

Wills was also also eager to offer up bank statements that he said show he didn't spend $750 of state money on a Louis Vuitton bag. He claims he accidentally used the nonprofit's card to pay for some of the purchase, but replaced the money the following month.

As to whether he misused funds that were supposed to go to his City Council campaign or the nonprofit he ran, Wills said, "Absolutely not." He also claims he has more evidence to prove his innocence.

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