Sources: Sen. Kruger Probe Just Getting Warmed Up
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.
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.
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