From the AG website...
"ALBANY, NY (April 10, 2008) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that his Office has issued multiple subpoenas to lawyers and law firms in upstate counties as part of his rapidly expanding probe into potentially fraudulent employment arrangements between public school systems and lawyers.
Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office have thus far identified more than 90 attorneys (more than 70 upstate and 20 in Long Island) who may have been improperly placed on public school system payrolls in connection with more than 180 school districts statewide (more than 150 upstate and 30 in Long Island). Calling these lawyers “employees” enabled them to collect taxpayer-funded health, pension, and other benefits not otherwise available for professional consultants.
“Ensuring the highest standards of public integrity is of paramount concern to my office and to this State,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “State resources should never be expended on those who are not legally entitled to receive them. We are talking about lawyers well versed in employment statutes who know that ‘business as usual’ is no excuse for breaking the law. In many instances, these were not simple misunderstandings but repeated acts of fraud. My office is committed to rooting out this problem and protecting the public from abuses like these in the future.”
The investigation so far is focusing on lawyers and law firms working in Long Island and in more than 20 upstate counties including Albany, Broome, Delaware, Erie, Madison and Monroe."