The feds raided a City Hall staffer’s home as well as that of a former Turkish Airlines executive the same morning FBI agents descended on the Brooklyn home of Mayor Eric Adams’ top campaign fundraiser, reports say.
Agents searched the New Jersey home of Rana Abbasova on Nov. 2 as part of a coordinated federal operation touching two people close to Adams, the New York Times reported.
Abbasova was the individual found to have “acted improperly” following a City Hall review in the days after the raid of Brianna Suggs’ home and placed on leave.
The Post was told of a number of other raids on that morning, however, only the Suggs raid could be individually confirmed.
The feds also searched the Brooklyn home of Cenk Öcal, who worked on the mayor’s transition team, according to the Times.
The FBI is probing whether Adams’ team conspired with the Turkish government to fuel his campaign with foreign donations and whether he urged FDNY to fast-track permits for new high-rise Turkish consulates despite failing an earlier safety inspection.
Abbasova and Öcal, a former Turkish Airlines executive, each have ties to Turkey and the Big Apple, according to the Times.
An aide in Mr. Adams’s international affairs office, she previously served as his liaison to Brooklyn’s Turkish community for years while he served as borough president, the paper reported.
FBI agents raided Abbasova’s Fort Lee home in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, although it’s unclear whether any evidence was seized.
City Hall confirmed she was placed on leave amid the investigation earlier this week, although it was not immediately clear what Abbosova’s alleged improper behavior entailed.
City officials denied that she was ever employed or paid by Adams’ campaign.
Abbasova joined Adams staff as a community coordinator in 2018. She reportedly traveled Turkey with Adams on a trip sponsored by the Turkish consulate and the World Tourism Forum Institute, the Times reported.
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