FBI brokers carried out coordinated raids on the residences of a New York Metropolis Corridor staffer, a former Turkish Airways govt, on the identical day the FBI conducted a raid on the Brooklyn residence of Brianna Suggs, the chief fundraiser for New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams.
The Gateway Pundit reported earlier this month that the FBI launched an investigation towards Mayor Eric Adams into potential unlawful overseas donations from Turkey to New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams’s 2021 election marketing campaign.
The searches, which started early on November 2, focused Brianna Suggs, Mayor Adams’s chief fundraiser; Rana Abbasova, an aide in his worldwide affairs workplace; and Cenk Öcal, a former Turkish Airways govt who was on Adams’s transition staff.
Brianna Suggs has been a pivotal determine in Mayor Adams’ political journey. She has been instrumental in elevating funds for his campaigns, amassing over $2.5 million for his 2025 re-election bid, in line with the Daily Mail.
Their skilled relationship dates again to 2017 when Suggs joined Adams’ workplace as an administrative intern throughout his tenure because the Brooklyn Borough President.
She later ascended to the position of fundraiser and director of logistics for Adams’ triumphant 2021 mayoral marketing campaign. At the moment, Suggs is related to the Kings County Democratic County Committee, the place she serves as a fundraiser.
Per ABC, Suggs has garnered $18.4 million for Adams’ 2021 marketing campaign and has already amassed a minimal of $900,000 for his 2025 re-election bid.
The search warrant revealed an investigation into potential straw donor schemes involving overseas marketing campaign donations. Crimes being probed embody “theft of federal funds and conspiracy to steal federal funds, wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, in addition to marketing campaign contributions by overseas nationals and conspiracy to make such contributions.”
The involvement of a Brooklyn-based building agency with identified hyperlinks to Turkey and an obscure college in Washington, D.C, additionally related to the nation and Mayor Adams, has additionally been probed by investigating authorities.
On Thursday, it was revealed that the FBI additionally initiated their searches within the early hours of November 2 at a townhouse in Fort Lee, New Jersey, belonging to Rana Abbasova, who holds the publish of director of protocol with the Mayor’s Workplace for Worldwide Affairs, New York Times reported.
Equally, the house of Cenk Öcal was additionally a goal. Öcal, who as soon as served as a high supervisor for Turkish Airways in New York, was dismissed from his position in early 2022 amid a broader firm restructure.
Particulars on what was seized from the properties haven’t been disclosed, whereas neither Abbasova nor Öcal have issued feedback relating to the searches or accusations. Mayor Adams’s marketing campaign has confused that Abbasova had no employment or cost connections with the marketing campaign.
Final week, the FBI additionally seized NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ cellphones and iPad amid a federal corruption investigation associated to his 2021 marketing campaign.
The feds are actually specializing in textual content messages suggesting embattled NYC Mayor Eric Adams helped fast-track approvals from the town Buildings Division and Hearth Division for the Turkish authorities’s headquarters in New York Metropolis, in line with the New York Submit.
The text messages in question are between Eric Adams, who on the time was Brooklyn borough president and Democrat Mayoral nominee, Turkish Consul Normal Reyhan Özgür, and then-FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.