Two New York State legislators surrender on corruption charges

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March 10, 2011

New York State Senator Carl Kruger

LOWER MANHATTAN, New York: Veteran New York State Sen. Carl Kruger and four-term Assemblyman William Boyland, both Brooklyn Democrats, surrendered to federal authorities on Thursday after being charged in a corruption case. Six other men, including lobbyist Richard Lipsky, were also charged.[1]

The criminal complaint is the result of an FBI investigation that included bugs and tapping Kruger and Lipsky's cellphones. It was filed by prosecutors in the United States Attorney's office in Manhattan and describes two separate alleged schemes.[1]

The first accuses David Rosen of MediSys Health Systems and Robert Aquino of Parkway Hospital of allegedly trying to bribe Kruger in return for getting a proposed merger passed. Additionally, Rosen is accused of giving Assemblyman Boyland a no-show job for his role in the deal.[2]

The second scheme accuses Kruger of "receiving a stream of bribes totaling at least $1 million in exchange for taking official actions."[1] It alleges that Kruger shared fees paid to lobbyist Lipsky, as well as taking bribes to block a big-box store in Brooklyn and to extend liquor store hours.

The charges are expected to be announced at a press conference Thursday by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and assistant F.B.I. director in charge of the New York FBI office, Jan Fedarcyk. Read the full 53-page complaint.

Both Kruger and Boyland were re-elected in landslide victories on November 2, 2010. Kruger raised $1,329,970 for his campaign, while Boyland's campaign finance figures have yet to be released.[3]

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