A federal jury acquitted Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. of bribery charges today. Assemblyman Boyland was accused of getting a six figure salary for a bogus hospital job after doing favors for an executive with Medisys, the health care network that runs the facility.
Assemblyman Boyland received a $175,000 salary from the hospital, which was in his district. Prosecutors accused Assemblyman Boyland of not showing up to work and requesting millions of dollars in state funds on Medisys’ behalf. Lawyers for the Assemblyman argued he was paid for community outreach work.
The bribery case against Mr. Boyland began as part of a corruption investigation that resulted in charges against eight people included State Senator Carl Kruger and prominent lobbyist Richard Lipsky.
Assemblyman Boyland was elected in 2003. He is heir to a powerful Brooklyn political dynasty. His father and uncle are former Assembly members and his sister is a former City Councilwoman. Back in July, New York Capitol News busted Assemblyman Boyland for spending exorbitant amounts of time playing the game CityVille on Facebook when he was supposed to be at work.