Sources: Sen. Kruger Probe Just Getting Warmed Up

U.S. Attorney: It's Time For Albany To Stop Hitting 'Snooze Button'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was word of an expanding Albany corruption investigation on Friday. Sources say the pay-to-play probe that led to the indictment of Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger isn’t over.

As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, others who swim and fish in the legislative pond could end up on the hook.

Drug stores around the capital in Albany may face a run on Alka Seltzer and ulcer medication with the indictment of Kruger, who was charged with “working overtime for business interests that bribed him to the tune of almost $1 million,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

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Sources told Kramer that the investigation is on-going and that the taps and bugs on Kruger’s and other defendants’ phones have produced a cornucopia of possible corruption leads — even the complaint filed against Kruger has hints of possible new avenues of investigation. There is a reference to a Kruger conversation regarding “senator 1” and a number of chats about “senate leader #1.”

And in announcing the Kruger indictment, Bharara seemed to offer a warning to other elected officials and the people they do business with.

“Every single time we arrest a state senator or assemblyman, it should be a jarring wake-up call. Instead, it seems that no matter how many times the alarm goes off, Albany just hits the snooze button,” Bharara said.

As for Kruger, the cash he reportedly took in bribes enabled him to spend a great amount of time living and running the household affairs in a $2.25 million Mill Basin home officially owned by another defendant in the case — a man he was said to be quite close to.

City records show the home — with its unusual art — right on the water in Mill Basin is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars more than any of the 91 other homes that were sold in Mill Basin in 2010.

“We are up to our eyeballs in corruption work,” Bharara said.

If he is convicted, Kruger could face up to 60 years in jail and millions in fines. There is no timetable for when other charges might be filed.

Tired of the corruption? Hope the feds nail the whole lot of them? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. tom from Sheepshead Bay says:

    Go after the ones who funneled the money into the fake accounts! They are guilty as well!!!!

  2. Terry Tree Tree says:

    I’ll bet he doesn’t do near that much time. If he goes behind bars, it’ll be ClubFed, or some other country-club prison. What a laugh. He does more damage than all the convience-store hold-up men, and will do a lot less time. Public Servant Integrity? Oath of office? Serving the People? For such a serious violation of the Oath of Office to the People, he should do 90 years hard time at a REAL prison!! ALL the ill-gotten gains should HAVE to be paid back with interest, and penalties. This, regardless of political party.. Republicans throwing stones, remember the pervert Mark Foley? Remember the Moral Gay-Basher, Larry Craig? The list goes on, but you wouldn’t read it.

  3. ed says:

    Big bad bully. Let’s see how you fend for yourself in prison.

  4. Steve Jones says:

    Me thinks if Kruger was a Republican, his party affiliation would have been listed in the first paragraph rather than completely omitted….

    1. Robert P says:

      I agree! Why didn’t they identify him as a liberal democrat? Just wondering…

      1. Bob Stone says:

        He wasn’t id’d as a liberal Democrat because Kruger is one of the most conservative Democrats in the State Senate. Please remember that he was one of the Gang of Four who threatened to vote with the Republicans in 2009 to prevent the Democrats from exercising their victory. Two of the the other three-Monserrate and Espada, have already been kicked out of office. Now it’s Kruger’s turn. It’s one of the few happy moments in recent NY political history.

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