It’s almost to the point that the easiest way to spot a corrupt politician is to see who’s winning in Chicago.
A veteran politician was convicted Thursday on nine of 12 counts in a corruption case accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars meant for community projects in the pockets of his girlfriend and family.
“I’ve always thought that corruption is worse than somebody walking in with a gun and holding up a store. Corruption takes, basically without the gun, takes away from everyone,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.
A defiant and emotional Donovan strongly denied that he had any knowledge of money trading hands in exchange for legislation as alleged by federal authorities who arrested the one-time finance director of his congressional campaign.
There was an unusual plea for leniency Thursday from a former Brooklyn senator being sentenced on corruption charges. Carl Kruger said he may have taken bribes, but he’s not as corrupt as other Albany politicians. The judge, as it turned out, didn’t agree.
Louis Manzo, a former state lawmaker, is a free man after a bruising legal battle to clear his name, an effort that cost him his home, his job and $150,000 in legal fees.
Zachary Parker, 20, has admitted to stealing $10,000 worth of equipment from a Long Island high school. Taxpayers also learned that the veteran officers involved in the investigation will collect their severance pay even if convicted.
Manzo initially faced counts of extortion conspiracy, but those charges were dismissed after a federal appeals court ruled Manzo had been improperly charged under rules meant for public officials.
Former State Assemblyman Louis Manzo is accused of violating federal travel rules, committing mail fraud and failing to report federal offenses by others.
Robert Aquino, the former chief executive of Parkway Hospital in Queens, admitted to taking part in a bribery scheme that involved former State Senator Carl Kruger.
Seabrook is charged in a whole series if kickback scams, including one involving a boiler contract for the new Yankee Stadium.
The jury in the corruption trial of New York City councilman Larry Seabrook has hit a wall.
Officials announced the unsealing of a complaint charging Ryan N. Hermon with “bribery and conspiracy to solicit more than $250,000 in exchange for performing official acts for the bribe payers.”
A state lawmaker who was acquitted earlier this month in a bribery case has been arrested on new corruption charges.
Cammarano was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison under a plea agreement. He admitted taking $25,000 from government informant Solomon Dwek, who posed as a crooked developer.