In one scheme, prosecutors accused Ms. Harris, 57, of improperly receiving almost $25,000 in federal disaster funds by falsely claiming that she had been displaced from her Coney Island home by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
"In fact, at a time when many residents in her district were dealing with the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Harris was busy brewing a storm of her own, one that resulted in her receiving significant payouts by the very federal agency charged with helping those truly in need", Sweeney said.
Court papers also claim Harris defrauded the City Council of almost $23,000 by saying, falsely, the money would go to pay rent for a Brooklyn nonprofit.
Harris' predecessor in the Brooklyn district she was representing, Alec Brook-Krasny, was indicted a year ago in connection with producing opioids.
Harris is at least the 44th state lawmaker to face ethical or legal charges since 2000, according to a database the USA TODAY Network maintains.
She was also accused of obstructing justice by instructing witnesses in 2017 to lie to FBI agents after becoming aware of the grand jury's investigation into her alleged crimes.
It notes that Harris and her husband lived in Coney Island in fall 2012 when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.
Harris, who was elected to the assembly in a special election in November 2015, fended off a primary challenge in September 2016.
"In the weeks immediately following her deposit of Check 377 into her personal checking account, Harris used the funds held in the account to make online payments to several retailers, including Victoria's Secret and Kohl's, to pay the monthly mortgage payment on the Coney Island Residence, and to purchase airline and cruise tickets for herself and her spouse totaling almost $10,000", the indictment states. She submitted a forged lease agreement and diverted the money to her personal checking account.
Prosecutors say CIGG won another $35,000 in discretionary funding from the city council for fiscal year 2016. She again deceived the Council by saying the funds would be used for rental space.
The final scheme described in Tuesday's indictment involves Harris' filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2013 after she owed approximately $60,000 on her mortgage for the Coney Island property. She also allegedly submitted false documents to FEMA for financial assistance and to have "substantial" construction done on her home.
The politician spent $10,000 of her ill-gotten gains on vacation getaways, covering airline and cruise tickets for the politician and her husband, officials charged.
Her Albany and district offices were not available for comment on Tuesday. Prosecutors say the lab where the 59-year-old suited up after leaving office helped three pill mills defraud Medicaid to the tune of $6.3 million.