While none of any of Jamaica elected officials (past or present) from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Senator Leroy Comrie to Congressman Gregory Meeks and Public Advocate Letitia James, no Jamaica community leader or The Flakes and the Greater Allen Church have yet to come forward with any information or a comment or returned any of the media’s phone calls regarding the recent pimping out of a young 15 year old girl by St. Albans Joseph Gilbert for FOUR MONTHS at Flake’s Greater Allen Cathedral Senior Residence on Merrick Blvd (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/11-days-the-flakes-and-greater-allen-church-have-made-no-comment-about-underage-girl-being-pimped-out-of-greater-allen-cathedral-senior-residence-for-four-months-plus-some-new-info-arises/), some digging in the past of Shady Flakey has shown a most unholy Flake and his wife Elaine. Talk about HYPOCRITES.
From New York Times (1990):
INDICTMENT NAMES QUEENS LAWMAKER IN MISUSE OF FUNDS
By ARNOLD H. LUBASCH
Published: August 3, 1990
Representative Floyd H. Flake, a powerful Queens minister who rode his popularity into Congress four years ago, has been indicted on charges of diverting tens of thousands of dollars in church funds to his own use.
The 17-count Federal indictment, which was unsealed yesterday, charges that Mr. Flake and his wife, Margarett, engaged in a two-pronged conspiracy involving his church and the housing complex for the elderly that it built in Jamaica under his stewardship. They are accused of fraudulently obtaining $66,700 from the church, embezzling $75,000 from the housing complex and evading income taxes on both amounts.
Pastor Since ’76
The Representative, a Democrat whose Sixth Congressional District covers southern Queens, issued a detailed statement denying the charges. His lawyer said he still intended to run for re-election in November, and Mrs. Flake’s lawyer added that the charges would fuel ”a perception that minority politicians are being unfairly targeted for prosecution.”
Since 1976, the 45-year-old Congressman has been pastor of the Allen A.M.E. Church in Jamaica, one of the largest and oldest black churches in New York City, with 6,000 members and a history reaching back into the 1830’s. During his tenure, Mr. Flake has built up the church, and his own influence, with a network of social-services for the largely poor and largely black Jamaica neighborhood. #3d Congressman to Be Indicted And yesterday, under the warm afternoon sun, there was a wary feeling of racism at work and an insistence that the charges against the pastor had to be false. [Page B4.] Mr. Flake is the third new York City Congressman indicted in the last three years. The others, Mario Biaggi and Robert Garcia, both Bronx Democrats, were convicted in the Wedtech racketeering case. Mr. Garcia’s conviction was overturned in June.
In announcing the unsealing of the indictment, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Andrew J. Maloney, said the charges resulted from a two-year investigation that was prompted by reports of the misappropriation of funds at the church.
When asked how he felt about indicting a public official, particularly a popular and respected black minister, Mr. Maloney replied, ”We go wherever the evidence takes us.”
”In fairness to the Congressman, his church has done some outstanding work in that area,” Mr. Maloney added. ”Congressman Flake has surrounded himself with some outstanding people. It is rather sad that he used his position to enrich himself.”
Mayor David N. Dinkins issued a statement saying the indictment of Mr. Flake ”gives me great concern” and describing him as ”a caring and effective legislator” who provided a strong voice for New Yorkers and urban centers across the country.
”I hope that his case is resolved quickly,” the Mayor said, ”so that he may again give his full attention to his important work.”
The indictment was voted late Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Flake’s lawyer was notified of it on Wednesday and it was unsealed yesterday morning. Shortly before the indictment was publicly announced, Mr. Flake held a news conference in Queens, where he read his statement denying the charges.
”The charges,” Mr. Flake said, ”stem from my activities as the minister and pastor of the 156-year-old, 6,000-member Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., which built and operates one of the few successful, not-for-proft housing projects in the United States for 300 senior citizens.
”The prosecutor’s primary claim is that some portion of approximately $36,000 a year, which was estimated for providing project transportation services, out of a total church budget of over $1.3 million per year, was used for what the prosecutor considers personal expenses.”
Mr. Flake, who said he and the church had cooperated in the investigation, contended that the prosecutor is ”attempting to substitute his judgment on how a church should manage its affairs and how a pastor should fulfill his special duties in an inner-city minority community.”
‘Very Defensible Case’
Asserting that his wife has ”given countless hours to the church” and had little to do with the housing project or their income-tax returns, Mr. Flake said the decision to include her in the indictment ”raises, in my mind, serious questions about the fairness of this entire prosecution.”
Mr. Flake’s lawyer, Gustave H. Newman, said it is ”a very, very defensible case.” He said that the money cited in the indictment involved ”church-related activities” and that all of it was properly received and spent by checks.
Mrs. Flake’s lawyer, Theodore V. Wells Jr., said she was indicted essentially for signing some tax returns. He said the indictment would ”give further credence to the perception that minority politicians don’t get even-handed treatment.”
The indictment includes a conspiracy charge carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years, two fraud and embezzlement charges that each carry up to 10 years and several tax charges with maximum sentences ranging from three to five years. Mr. Flake is named in all 17 charges and his wife in nine.
Ministerial Expense Fund
From 1983 to 1989, the indictment said, Mr. and Mrs. Flake conspired to evade income taxes and embezzle funds from the federally subsidized housing project affiliated with the church.
Part of the tax-evasion scheme, the indictment said, involved the church’s ministerial expense fund, which was ”made to appear to be an official church account.” But the indictment said the bank account was operated by the defendants ”for their own personal use.”
Mr. Flake was accused of having the church put part of his ”basic compensation as pastor” into the expense fund, obtaining $66,700 through the fund from 1983 to 1988 and not reporting the money on the tax returns that he and his wife filed.
The second part of the scheme, the indictment charged, involved a church-affiliated organization that built a 300-unit housing complex, the Allen Senior Citizens Apartments, with a $10 million loan from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The project was completed in 1981, and the Federal agency provided the bulk of its operating income.
A minibus company was hired to transport tenants from the housing complex to local restaurants, banks and shopping areas three times a week, the indictment said. It added that Mrs. Flake received the company’s bills of about $480 a month, but that the defendants billed the housing complex account for $3,000 a month.
Defense Lawyers’ Effort
The indictment said that from 1983 to 1986 the defendants billed $108,000 for the transportation costs, paid only $32,800 for them and diverted the remaining $75,200 to their own account.
The defense lawyers had sought to persuade the Justice Department not to approve the prosecutor’s request to proceed with the indictment. The department normally reviews potential indictments in tax cases and also other kinds of criminal cases involving public officials.
Mr. Flake was born in Los Angeles, attended public schools in Houston, went to Wilberforce Universityand to Payne Theological Seminary in Ohio and did additional graduate work in business administration at Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. Flake moved to Queens in 1976, becoming pastor of the Allen A.M.E. Church. He and his wife have two daughters and two sons.
Congressman Flake’s Indictment: Good Works or Greed?
By JOSH BARBANEL
Published: August 6, 1990
In southeast Queens, where the war against drugs and deterioration is a daily struggle, the white-steepled Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church is surrounded by a complex of tan brick buildings that some call Flakeville, in honor of the minister-turned-politician who built them.
For it is there that Representative Floyd H. Flake, one of 13 children of a Houston janitor, arrived 14 years ago to assemble a spiritual and secular empire that is the envy of many ministers across the city.
An energetic and charismatic preacher -with administrative skills honed in business school and academia – he built a private school for 480, an apartment complex for the elderly, renovations to broken-down stores, a home health care agency, a health clinic and social service center, a credit union and a congregation that has grown to 6,000 and doubles as a political field operation on Election Day.
But prosecutors now say that in the flush of his successes at the Allen A.M.E. Church, Mr. Flake turned from good works to greed to pay for an increasingly lavish life of fancy cars and clothing.
Complaint About a Seduction
The complaints by an executive assistant, who said Mr. Flake had seduced her into an adulterous affair, stirred a former church trustee to come forward with allegations of fiscal improprieties. That in turn resulted in a 17-count Federal indictment last week, charging Mr. Flake and his wife with diverting thousands of dollars in church money to their own use.
Mr. Flake, in a statement, said his use of church money was proper. But even as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District, Andrew J. Maloney, announced the indictment, he went out of his way to praise Mr. Flake. ”In fairness to the Congressman,” Mr. Maloney said, ”his church has done some outstanding work.”
The career of Mr. Flake is a story of uncommon idealism and ambition centered on a 155-year-old church, the oldest in Queens, in a largely black neighborhood of small single-family homes. The church, on the corner of Linden Boulevard and Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, was at the center of a long-established black community. By the time Mr. Flake arrived as an idealistic 31-year-old college administrator in 1976, there were signs of abandonment and an encroachment of drugs and other social ills.
Janitor’s Son Preaches at 15
Mr. Flake was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Houston, where his father worked as a janitor at night to support his family.
Mr. Flake said he was totally caught up in church activities by age 10, and accepted the call to preach by age 15. When not leading youth activities at church, he said, he was selling black newspapers on his paper route.
The first member of his family to attend college, he graduated from Wilberforce University, an African Methodist Episcopal school in Xenia, Ohio, in 1967. He continued preaching while trying his hand at business, as a sales representative for the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and a marketing analyst for Xerox.
After working as an associate dean at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest private, predominantly black college, Mr. Flake was recruited by Boston University to be the director of a black student center. He later served as the acting university chaplain. In his spare time, he took business courses at Northeastern University.
Door to Door to Koch
In his official biography, Mr. Flake says he was also dean of students at Boston University. But one former administrator at the school, Steven J. Trachtenberg, now president of George Washington University, said that while the job was offered, Mr. Flake turned it down. Instead he went to work at the Allen church.
At the church, working alone with a secretary, Mr. Flake set out to bring services to his neighborhood, going door to door at government offices, clipping public notices in newspapers and applying for grants.
”I would go downtown two or three times a week,” he said. ”Even when there were no projects available I would still go back to say hello.”
He struck up a cordial relationship with former Mayor Edward I. Koch, at a time when the Mayor’s relationship with many other black community leaders was growing more troubled. He became known in City Hall as one of Mr. Koch’s favorite ministers and community leaders.
Financial and Spiritual Growth
The efforts paid off. The church’s budget of $250,000 grew to $16.7 million, of which $9.7 million came from local and Federal government grants and programs. The church and its subsidiary corporations now have more than 700 employees, most of whom provide home health care services.
The spiritual life of the church surged as well. Mr. Flake, an imposing figure, 6 feet 1 inches tall, with closely trimmed hair and goatee, resplendent in royal blue robes, proved a popular and powerful orator. The congregation raised funds to build the Allen Christian School.
Membership in the church soared to 6,000 today from less than 1,500. Now the choir, more than a hundred strong, is seated first come first served, and three services are held each Sunday, the first, at 6:30 A.M., to meet the demand for seats. The church just spent $1 million for land for a new 2,500-seat sanctuary it hopes to build next year.
”He is a role model for the clergy,” said the Rev. Carl Flemister, regional executive minister of the American Baptist Churches.
‘He Is a Master Builder’
The Rev. Herbert Daughtry, pastor of the House of the Lord Pentecostal Church in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, said, ”He is a master builder.”
In 1986, after the district’s longtime Congressman, Joseph P. Addabbo, died of cancer, Mr. Flake, at the urging, he says, of other local ministers, took on the regular Democratic clubs.
Running as an independent, he narrowly lost a special election to the Democrat, Assemblyman Alton R. Waldon Jr. But a few months later he came back to defeat Mr. Waldon in the Democratic primary and won a full term in the Sixth District.
Hundreds of congregants inundated polling places in the district – and many street corners between – for their beloved pastor.
‘An Army in His Church’
”You always hear about ministers who can do things like this, but when they run against political clubs, it almost always turns out to be baloney,” said Jerry Skurnik, a political consultant and former Koch aide. ”He had an army in his church working for him.”
While in Congress, Mr. Flake continues to run his church, a dual role that keeps him in perpetual motion, colleagues say, rushing back home several times a week after a full day in Washington to attend church or community events at night.
Mr. Flake has a moderately liberal voting record, but in his first two terms he has had little impact on legislation, and some constituents have begun to grouse that he has been spending too much time on church work.
”Most of the economic development work done by Representative Flake is done by his church,” complained Nat Singleton, the head of the Association of Minority Enterprises in New York State and a former supporter. He said other neighborhood groups were not getting enough help.
Mr. Flake lives in a large three-story brick house, bought by the church for his use, with his wife, Margarett Elaine, who works for the church, and four children.
In addition to his Congressional salary, he reported earning $20,000 from the church. Motor vehicle records show that he owns a 1989 red Mercedes and previously owned a Lincoln and a BMW. Edwin Reed, an aide to Mr. Flake, said the Mercedes was actually owned by the church.
Willingness to Cut Corners
Even as his church empire grew, the events that led to Mr. Flake’s indictment were quietly under way.
From the first, Mr. Flake showed a willingness to cut corners to get things done, sometimes for the church’s benefit, sometimes, prosecutors say, for his own.
Church records provided by a lawyer for a former church trustee show that the church used $530,000 from a Federal loan for housing for the elderly to pay for parts of the Allen Christian School.
When the misuse of funds was discovered, and the church was ordered to repay the money, Mr. Flake persuaded officials in the regional Housing and Urban Development office to forgive the misspending. He argued that some of the elderly residents did volunteer work at the school.
The decision to forgive the error, rescinded last year by the agency, was made by same Federal housing officials later caught up in a scandal over political favoritism at the H.U.D. regional office. The church was ordered to repay the money.
Accused of Misusing Account
Later, according to prosecutors and church documents, Mr. Flake became more flagrant. He set up a private church bank account at his home, used to pay for transportation for residents of the housing complex to local shopping areas. Mr. Flake paid a local van company about $480 a month but billed the housing project $3,000 for the service, and diverted $75,200 to his own use, the authorities say.
The indictment also charges him with putting much of his basic salary into a church expense fund as a way of evading Federal income taxes on $66,700 of income.
The allegations might never had surfaced if not for the grievances of Mr. Flake’s former executive assistant, Thelma Singleton-Scott.
Mrs. Scott, a congregant who was married with two children, was hired by Mr. Flake as his executive assistant in 1983. She said that they soon began an affair, an accusation Mr. Flake denied.
Accusation of Affair and Revenge
When she tried to break off the relationship a year later, she said, Mr. Flake dismissed her from her job, and when she complained, her name was stripped from the membership rolls of the church.
Mrs. Scott took her grievances against Mr. Flake to the church hierarchy, and demanded that he be dismissed. She took a lie-detector test, and secretly recorded conversations with Mr. Flake. Church officials backed Mr. Flake, but not before, Mrs. Scott’s lawyers contend, she was offered a large settlement to drop her complaint. She later filed a suit charging, among other things, ministerial malpractice.
Mrs. Scott also consulted a lawyer, Robert H. Harris, who eventually took the evidence of financial malfeasance to the United States Attorney.
Mr. Harris said a former church trustee and retired Navy accountant, Elza W. Axon, called Mrs. Scott and said he had accumulated substantial evidence of financial improprieties by Mr. Flake. Mr. Harris turned the material over to Mr. Maloney.
While some officials and congregants in South Jamaica said Mr. Flake was the victim of a political or racial vendetta, the prevailing feeling following his indictment was sadness.
Mr. Flake said in an interview that the indictment was a ”difficult and traumatic” moment for his family.
”They have a hard time understanding how you can put this much into something and have this as the end result,” he said. ”They have seen me sacrifice them to perform for the church.”