Ex-boss Letitia James, accused of sexual harassment, received a $30,000 pay raise in 2022

Ibrahim Khan, chief of staff for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who resigned following allegations of sexual harassment, received a whopping $30,000 raise this year — and he’s still on the payroll through the end of the year.

Payslips from The Post show that Khan’s salary increased from $205,663 to $235,000 in March during James’ run for re-election.

Khan, James’s chief of staff for 10 years, was considered a senior political adviser with ties to the attorney general’s campaign advisers, the Mirram Group, co-founded by Roberto Ramirez and Luis Miranda, father of playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda.

Khan handed in his resignation on November 22 – before an independent investigation conducted on behalf of James’ office concluded on December 2 and found he was involved in sexual harassment or misconduct involving two former employees were.

However, the resignation is not effective until December 31st.

Khan was accused of sexual harassment.
Ibrahim Kham got a whopping $30,000 raise this year.
Attorney General of New York State

“His involvement in official office affairs ended on Friday December 2nd. He is being paid his vacation balance but is not acting on any matter related to the office,” Serena Longley, James’s assistant general counsel, said in a timeline and documents provided to reporters earlier this week.

The attorney general said she was first made aware of the allegations against Khan on October 2. A day later, the Attorney General’s General Counsel, Larry Schimmel, asked Khan to work remotely and “not socialize with anyone” from James’ office.

But critics slammed James for later allowing Khan to resign without penalty and for allowing him to be compensated even after the December 2 inquest concluded he had abused former female employees, and that he had kept the investigation secret long after the November 8 election.

“He should be fired for cause, and anyone found to have engaged in sexual harassment and misconduct should not receive a state paycheck or benefits,” said Michael Henry, the Republican nominee for attorney general.

James has denied these allegations.
James has been accused of covering up allegations against Khan to win her re-election.
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James, a Democrat, won a second term after refusing to debate with Henry.

State Conservative Party leader Jerry Kassar said of Khan still receiving compensation: “It’s appalling. It’s wrong on so many levels.”

In a report published by the New York Times on Wednesday, former James assistant Sofia Quintanar, 33, said she was one of the women whose allegations led to Khan’s resignation.

Quintanar said Khan grabbed her outside a Brooklyn bar in November 2021 and “shoved his tongue down my throat.”

Quintanar reportedly accused James of withholding allegations against Khan to let him resign with his reputation intact, comparing it to James’ sexual harassment probe that forced former Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign in disgrace last year, although he denies any wrongdoing.

The Times also said Khan had been accused of groping and kissing a former Quintanar colleague, citing two people familiar with the woman’s allegations.

A spokesman for the attorney general said the office was looking into Khan’s payroll status when it released a timetable and documents on the case on Monday night.

James denied to a Post reporter that she hid sexual harassment complaints against her chief of staff to win re-election – and claimed she was protecting “the rights” of his accusers.

And the powerful AG – under fire for burying the case despite leading the sexual harassment probe that coerced the ex-gov. Andrew Cuomo, who left office last year – insisted the cover-up of her investigation into longtime adviser Ibrahim Khan was “in no way” linked to her race for a second term.

Quintanar's allegations led to Khan's resignation.
Sofia Quintanar accused Khan of forcibly kissing her outside a bar.

“We are protecting the rights of individuals and it is important to understand that this was a private investigation, separate and independent from the investigation we conducted into the former governor – which was a regulatory investigation and a legitimate referral investigation was.” James told the Post Wednesday before her brownstone brownstone.

James insisted in a subsequent interview with NY1 on Wednesday night that she had conducted the Khan investigation by the book and “we acted decisively and appropriately”.

“We conducted a thorough, independent investigation without conflicts of interest or impropriety,” she said.

James insisted she was upset by Khan’s abusive behavior – and didn’t rule out referring a prosecutor to investigate a possible crime.

“I’m angry because he was my chief of staff for ten years. I am deeply disappointed in him and there is absolutely no excuse for his behavior. Not at all,” James told host Errol Louis at NY1’s Inside City Hall.

“We will look into the possibility of a transfer,” she said.

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