Star Witness In Trial Of Former Cuomo Aide Arrested

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The government’s star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been arrested.

The arrest of Todd Howe came after he admitted Thursday during testimony that he violated the terms of his plea deal in the case against former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and others.

A judge signed an order Thursday, saying the government notified him that the revocation of Howe’s bail was appropriate at this time. 

Howe testified since Monday, supporting government’s claims Percoco accepted over $300,000 in bribes from three businessmen in exchange for helping them with the state.

His arrest came hours after he testified that he violated the terms of his cooperation agreement when he lied to a credit card company to try to get it to remove a $600 fee for a night he spent at the luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel. 

Howe has agreed to remain imprisoned.

His lawyer declined comment.

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