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NY. Two New York State Legislators charged in Albany Bribery Scheme

March 11, 2011

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged (pdf) two New York State legislators on Thursday with engaging in an influence-peddling scheme across a wide swath of special interests in Albany.

New York State Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn, center, enters FBI headquarters to surrender to federal authorities with his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, on Thursday.All eight defendants, including State Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., both Democrats from Brooklyn, surrendered to federal authorities Thursday morning. Among the others charged were two hospital executives and a well-known lobbyist.

Brooklyn. . . corrupt . . . say it isn’t so.  That bridge has been bought and sold so many times, no one knows who owns i.

“Once again I am here to report, sadly, that the crisis of corruption continues in Albany,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a news conference.

The case stems from an earlier corruption probe of Anthony Seminerio, a former Queens assemblyman who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from health-care executives. He died in January while serving a federal prison sentence.

In the 53-page complaint, prosecutors allege Kruger “received a stream of bribes totaling at least $1 million” from 2006 to February 2011 in exchange for doing favors for the bribe payers as opportunities arose. He allegedly concealed the payments by opening shell companies established by one of the co-defendants with whose family he had an intimate relationship.

Prosecutors said Kruger “solicited and received bribes” and directed the payers to send the money to Solomon Kalish, a co-defendant in the case, and his company Adex. Kalish split the payments with Kruger, the complaint says.

Boyland was hired by David Rosen, a co-defendant who is chief executive of the MediSys Health Network, to a no-show job as a consultant in order to receive sham payments. He paid Boyland $177,000, according to the complaint.

Now when are the prosecutors and feds going to go after state agencies i.e. Department of Health  that awards the contracts.

One Comment
  1. tom permalink

    Wasn’t it said that Kalish was involved in the Seminero case as well?

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