Ex-NY Sen. Leibell Admits To Tax Evasion

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP/WCBS 880) —A Republican state legislator who served 28 years before resigning last week admitted Monday to criminal charges that he filed false tax returns and tried to influence a grand jury investigating corruption.

Ex-Sen. Vincent Leibell of suburban New York City pleaded guilty to tax evasion and to obstruction of justice related to an investigation of corruption in Putnam County.

He admitted he filed false tax returns for 2003 through 2006, failing to report a total of $43,000.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi with reaction from Putnam’s elections commissioner

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi with details from Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney.

Leibell said “guilty, your honor” to each of the two counts. He apologized in court to family, friends and constituents, saying: “I deeply regret these actions.”

Both counts allege kickback payments to Leibell from lawyers who did business with a foundation he controlled. Leibell will remain free on $100,000 bond until his sentencing. Prosecutors say federal guidelines call for him to get between 18 and 24 months.

Leibell, 64, served 28 years in the Senate and Assembly.

In June, Leibell acknowledged to The Journal News that the FBI had subpoenaed building records for his home in Patterson.

The newspaper said records showed Leibell bought the property in 1996 from the family of ‘Bewitched” actress Elizabeth Montgomery, for whom he had done legal work. He paid $110,000 and built a five-bedroom colonial with swimming pool.

 The property was assessed this year at $1.4 million, The Journal News said. “Everything that I did in terms of that house was most appropriate,” Leibell said then. “I built a house like millions of other Americans have done.”

Leibell was part of the Senate’s Republican minority the last two years, as Democrats held a 32-30 majority. He was well-liked in the Republican conference but rarely took the lead on policy initiatives even when Republicans were in the majority.

Instead, he appeared to concentrate on issues back in his district, from local projects to getting highway work.

He was a reliable conservative vote for the Republican conference in budget matters.

Leibell did not run for re-election this year but his seat remained in GOP hands when Assemblyman Greg Ball won the position.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Truth About Leibell

    Below is a link to a audio clip of Disgraced Senator Liebell’s former staffer Rob Difrancesco who is now Nan Hayworth District Chief— this shows the corruption at it’s finest.

    Starting off your term as a member of Congress with this type of person working for you is dangerous.

    Please Call Nan Hayworth and express your concerns! 845.520.3194,

    -Concerned Citizen

  • otto

    Now, the 18-24 month sentence … would that be in one of those super-minimum security country club prisons for white collar criminals? Can’t the Bureau of Prisons make a mistake and send him to either Rikers or Attica … mixed in with the general population. He has a cute pudgy smile that will endear him to the other inmates.

    • Michael H.

      Considering he broke federal law, he’ll be doing time in federal prison. Riker’s is a New York City jail and Attica is a New York State prison, so neither would be appropriate venues for his incarceration.

  • The Truth

    And this dirtbag will get his pension still and rob even more. These crooks are the worst since they hide behind the law. A crack dealer has more respect than these jerks. Sheldon Silver next? What about Bruno and Pataki?

  • joe k

    Another crroked politician. what a surprise

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