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Prosecutor’s Ex-Girlfriend Aids FBI In Tax Probe

April 17, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ The FBI is reviewing taped phone conversations between a powerful district attorney and a woman who claims taxpayers helped finance their three-year love affair, the Daily News reported today.

The woman also gave the FBI credit-card receipts and other personal evidence of the affair she says she carried on with Rockland County district attorney Kenneth Gribetz from 1990 to 1993.

Constance Taylor, a New York University graduate student who works in a homeless shelter, said her answering machine tapes show Gribetz, who is married and has three children, led a double life with her.

``I started seeing that Kenney was not really who he said he is,″ said Taylor. She said she went to the Manhattan district attorney with her allegations about misuse of public funds after the affair ended unhappily.

Taylor claims Gribetz had aides arrange meetings at restaurants, trysts at New York’s luxury Plaza Hotel and trips to Albany, Boston and Washington, D.C. _ often paid for with his office credit card, the newspaper reported.

Gribetz, 50, also faced a grand jury investigation into allegations he took kickbacks for steering negligence cases to friendly attorneys. A grand jury decision has not been unsealed.

Gribetz, a Democrat elected in 1974, denied any criminal wrongdoing through his lawyer.

Manhattan District Attorney Mary Jo White declined to comment, but a source familiar with the FBI probe told the Daily News that Taylor’s comments are being taken seriously.

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