Meeks Accepted Undisclosed Personal Loan, Newspaper Reports

Posted July 8, 2010 at 5:45pm

The FBI has questioned a personal loan made to Rep. Gregory Meeks, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

The newspaper, citing two anonymous sources, reported that a $40,000 loan from businessman Ed Ahmad to the New York Democrat caught the attention of the FBI.

Meeks told the newspaper that he received a loan from Ahmad in 2007 and that he paid it back last year, although he could not remember when. He said the loan was related to purchases for a house he bought in 2006.

The paper reported that the loan was not included in Meeks’ financial disclosure forms for 2007 and 2008 but that it did appear on his 2009 form, which was filed last month.

Meeks told the paper that he did not seek approval from the House ethics committee for the loan, saying, “My understanding is I didn’t have to.”

House rules say that Members and staff should contact the committee before “entering into a loan arrangement with a person other than a financial institution.”