NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The leader of the New York state Senate surrendered Monday to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.
Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, 67, and his son, Adam Skelos, 32, surrendered at the FBI’s offices in lower Manhattan as a criminal complaint was unsealed against them in federal court, where they appeared later in the day.READ MORE: Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Spray That May Contain Deadly Bacteria
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In a statement, Dean Skelos said he expected to be exonerated at trial.
“I am innocent of the charges leveled against me. I am not saying I am just not guilty, I am saying that I am innocent,” he said.
A lawyer for his son did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Authorities said Dean Skelos has used his position as a carrot since at least 2010, taking official actions in return for payments to his son.
According to court papers, some evidence was obtained through court-authorized wiretaps on cellphones used by the father and son.
The complaint said Dean Skelos bragged to his son recently in one conversation after he was re-elected majority leader in January, a post he shared with another senator from 2011 to 2013: “I’m going to be president of the Senate. I’m going to be majority leader. I’m going to control everything.”