Sandy Annabi, Zehy Jereis lose appeal to overturn convictions in corruption trial

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and former Yonkers GOP Chair Zehy Jereis. The ruling by

A federal appeals court has upheld the corruption convictions of Sandy Annabi and Zehy Jereis.

A federal appeals court has upheld the corruption convictions of Sandy Annabi and Zehy Jereis. (3/25/14)

YONKERS - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and former Yonkers GOP Chair Zehy Jereis.

The ruling by the three-judge panel was released Tuesday afternoon. The panel found the evidence wasn't there to overturn her conviction.

Annabi was convicted of accepting bribes from Jereis in return for her vote in favor of two development projects, including Ridge Hill in Yonkers. She is currently serving six years in prison. Jereis is serving four.

Both Annabi and Jereis demanded retrials after it was revealed by federal authorities that a key government witness whose testimony helped convict them was busted in a separate bribery scheme.

Jereis's attorney, Paula Frome, tells News 12 that she was distressed by the ruling but did not know what the next step would be.

Annabi's attorney has not returned phone calls.

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