A convicted fraudster who was partner in the controversial plan to operate 4,500 video slot machines at Aqueduct Racetrack abruptly pulled out of the project today.
Darryl Greene, head of the Darman Group, announced its resignation from the Aqueduct Entertainment Group consortium following a week of Post scrutiny over his role in the disputed project.
Greene — who has deep ties to the city’s black political leaders — was convicted in 1999 of defrauding of city agencies.
The Post on Sunday reported that companies tied to Greene owe nearly a million of dollars in state taxes, and that he and his wife owe $10,681 in personal income taxes to the state.
AEG likely had no choice but to dump Greene and his company, since one of the state requirements barred anyone with a criminal record from serving a partner in the project.
In a statement, Greene called the Aqueduct racino a "critical project" for the Queens community, and said, "It is for that reason that I will step aside and relinquish all interest and potential interest in the project, and with Aqueduct Entertainment Group."