No Drink and Straight to the Clink: Two Arrested After Alleged Bribery of New York State Liquor Authority Official

A drink sounds a lot better than the “clink,” right about now for two people charged with Bribery in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class E felony. It is alleged that Annie Guerrero and Maria Elena Nunez got caught up in a fraudulent scheme nearly a year ago, but only landed themselves in court for the first time today.

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the alleged partners in crime were also foes:

“The investigation revealed that Annie Guerrero is the owner of El Nido Del Aguila (d/b/a D’Noche) restaurant located 213 Sherman Avenue in Manhattan, and Maria Elena Nunez is the proprietor of #1 Business Solutions Inc., an expediting company that represents businesses applying for liquor licenses. They agreed to offer an official at the State Liquor Authority (SLA) $5,000 to avoid a full SLA board review of Ms. Guerrero’s application for a liquor license. Ms. Nunez did not carry out the agreement but rather attempted to steal the money from Ms. Guerrero upon being told that the El Nido Del Aquila could not avoid going before the SLA’s full board.”

If convicted, these two defendants will need more than a stiff drink as they both face up to seven years in prison.

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