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A key player in the alleged bribery scheme that has ensnared state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) pleaded guilty for his role in the alleged conspiracy on Tuesday.
Former Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, in federal court in White Plains according to court records obtained by the Chronicle.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, left, has told members of the governor’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission that he intends to go after the pensions of public officials who are convicted of crimes. Councilman Dan Halloran, above right, and state Sen. Malcolm Smith are among those awaiting trial on federal corruption charges.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is upping the ante in his fight against political corruption in the state, telling the governor’s Moreland Commission that his office will start going after the pensions of public officials who are convicted of crimes.
And an unscientific survey of elected officials from Queens elicited that legal changes and legal challenges will be forthcoming.
Staffers at the city Campaign Finance Board are reportedly recommending that Comptroller John Liu not receive matching funds in his race for mayor, a decision that would cost his campaign $3.5 million.
The CFB will determine which candidates in this year's city elections are entitled to matching funds at a public meeting on Monday morning. Taxpayers provide $6 in funding for every $1 in eligible contributions raised by candidates.
The federal corruption case against Ozone Park lawyer and Democratic District Leader Al Baldeo is scheduled to go to trial in September.
A pretrial conference was held on May 23, motions are due by June 24 and the trial is set for Sept. 16 in Manhattan federal court.
Preet can’t be beat, unless you think Loretta is better. The U.S. attorneys for the southern and eastern districts of New York, respectively, Preet Bharara and Loretta Lynch, are in the midst of stellar work that should do more to clean up the political corruption that seems endemic to Albany than most so-called reforms have ever managed.
They’re going after corruption in case after case and knocking down one elected domino after another. Any city or state lawmaker who’s on the take and hasn’t been charged yet must be very, very nervous.
City Comptroller John Liu continues to run for mayor as if confident he can overcome the embarrassment of a campaign finance scandal that could send one of his top former aides and a contributor to prison for decades.
How much impact the case will have is an open question. But according to two political science experts in Queens, the Liu campaign faces multiple challenges arising from the convictions last week of Jia “Jenny” Hou, his former treasurer, and Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan, a fundraising “bundler,” who secured donations from other parties that then went to the campaign.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the defendants in the John Liu fundraising case "stuck a knife into the heart of New York City's campaign finance law."
The former treasurer of City Comptroller John Liu's campaign for mayor and one of his fundraisers were convicted of attempted fraud and other federal charges yesterday for their roles in accepting illegal contributions and attempting to rip off the taxpayers of New York City.
Jia "Jenny" Hou and Xing Wu "Oliver" Pan were each found guilty of playing a role in taking campaign contributions from straw donors — people whose names were entered as contributors even though someone else had provided the money — and could each face decades in prison.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and four others were formally indicted last Thursday in the alleged bribery and extortion scheme for which they were arrested April 2.
They all pleaded not guilty in federal court in upstate White Plains on Tuesday.
When details first started coming out following the corruption arrest of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), Professor Michael Krasner of Queens College just shook his head.
Krasner, a political science professor at the school school since 1970, has long been an observer of Queens politics.
It might be laughable if it weren’t so serious — Republican operative Vince Tabone of Bayside was “less skilled at conducting a patdown than he was at conducting a shakedown.” That’s how the FBI described the GOP apparatchik’s failed attempt to find the wire an undercover agent was wearing when he handed Tabone a wad of cash as part of an alleged bribery scheme.
But it is serious. Deadly serious. The case unveiled Tuesday against Tabone, Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Hollis, Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone and three other alleged conspirators does indeed, as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “demonstrate, once again, that a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government.”
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) were both arrested in an alleged plot to bribe GOP officials in an attempt to gain support for a potential Republican primary candidacy by Smith for mayor this year.
Officially the chairman of the Queens Republican Party is Phil Ragusa. But if what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says is true, that may come as a surprise to the borough party’s Deputy Chairman Vince Tabone, who was one of six people indicted in the scheme centered on state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and his close associates, both political and personal, appear to be keeping a low profile since Tuesday morning, when the seven-term senator was arrested on federal charges that include bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy.
Smith, 56, was arrested at his home in Queens by FBI agents as the result of a 28-page federal complaint charging him with attempting to bribe two city Republican officials in an effort to secure the Republican nomination for mayor.
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Ella Voskresenskiy pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to defraud programs administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Inc. (the “Claims Conference”), established to aid the survivors of Nazi persecution, of more than $57 million.
A federal jury on Tuesday convicted the so-called “Cannibal Cop” of all charges in a scheme to abduct, kill and cook women, plans he chatted about online with multiple people.
Gilberto Valle, 28, of Forest Hills, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and one count of intentionally and knowingly accessing a computer without authorization.
The FBI said Tuesday it busted 26 individuals, including six lawyers, for allegedly coaching Chinese immigrants seeking asylum to fake sob stories about forced abortions and religious repression. The sting followed a three-year investigation.
Law enforcement officials netted a dozen Queens residents in the intricate and allegedly profligate scheme. Individuals from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Connecticut were also allegedly involved. Most of the defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. Some defendants could get up to 35 years in prison.
Hiram Monserrate, a former state senator and city councilman from Western Queens, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday for directing $100,000 of City Council money into a fund used for his failed bid for the state Senate in 2006, according to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Sidney Simon, the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement New York Field Office (DOC); and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), today announced the arrest of Mark Henry, a United States citizen and a resident of Queens, New York, in connection with a scheme to illegally export defense articles and goods with military applications from the U.S. to Taiwan and China. Mark Henry, 49, was arrested earlier today at his home in Queens and was presented in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein this afternoon.
Federal agents arrested the owner of a Long Island City foundry last Thursday after he allegedly attempted to sell a fake replica of Jasper Johns’ “Flag” for $11 million.
Brian Ramnarine, 58, pleaded not guilty to a wire fraud charge in Manhattan Federal Court and was released on a $250,000 bond.
A police officer with the NYPD has been arrested on federal charges in connection with a plot in which he allegedly conspired with others to kidnap, torture and cannibalize multiple women.
Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, of Forest Hills, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of intentionally accessing computer files of the National Crime Information Center to gather information on at least one potential victim.
A police officer with the NYPD has been arrested on federal charges in connection with a plot by which he allegedly conspired with others to kidnap, torture and cannibalize multiple women.
Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, of Forest Hills, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, one count of intentionally accessing computer files with the National Crime Information Center to gather information on at least one potential victim.
Al Baldeo, the Democratic district leader in the 38th Assembly District and former candidate for City Council and state Senate, surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday on charges that he spearheaded a scheme to use straw donors to funnel multiple illegal campaign contributions to his City Council campaign.
In 2010, Baldeo, a Richmond Hill lawyer, ran in the special election to fill the 28th Council District seat left vacant by the death of former Councilman Tom White Jr. He lost the race to Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica).