Dinesh D’Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud

Dinesh D'Souza. (Photo: Wikimedia)
Dinesh D’Souza. (Wikimedia)

Dinesh D’Souza, a controversial political commentator, author and former president of King’s College, was indicted today by a grand jury for alleged campaign finance fraud, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office announced this evening.

According to the office, Mr. D’Souza, 52, is charged “with violating the federal campaign finance laws by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions.” Continue reading “Dinesh D’Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud”

Assemblyman Stevenson Found Guilty on Corruption Charges

Eric Stevenson. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Eric Stevenson. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson has been convicted on federal corruption charges, a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed this evening.

Mr. Stevenson was convicted on four counts stemming from charges that he drafted legislation and performed official government services in exchange for more than $20,000 in cash bribes–the latest in a long string of corruption arrests hitting the state’s lawmakers. Continue reading “Assemblyman Stevenson Found Guilty on Corruption Charges”

U.S. Attorney Targets Convicted Pols’ Pension Payments

Larry Seabrook (Photo: New York City Council)
Larry Seabrook (Photo: New York City Council)

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is going after the pensions of four ex-pols convicted on corruption-related charges, his office announced this morning.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has filed paperwork seeking orders to force former City Councilmen Larry Seabrook and Miguel Martinez to forfeit their pension payments to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars owed on their corruption charges. Continue reading “U.S. Attorney Targets Convicted Pols’ Pension Payments”

U.S. Attorney Says New Yorkers ‘Can Expect More’ Corruption Cases

Preet Bharara announcing the arrest of State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran. (Photo: Getty)
Preet Bharara announcing the arrest of State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran. (Photo: Getty)

The string of corruption arrests in New York State is far from over, according to the man who has issued many of the indictments.

In a rare televised interview with Capital Tonight, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said even more public corruption cases can be expected to emerge due to the “pervasive” nature of the problem in the state.

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U.S. Attorney: ‘Political Corruption in New York Is Indeed Rampant’

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explains the scheme.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explains the scheme.

Two days ago, when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said New York State corruption cases were beginning to feel like the movie Groundhog Day, he was rather prescient. This afternoon, Mr. Bharara unsealed charges against Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, making him the third New York City lawmaker to be charged with corruption this week. Additionally, another Bronx Assemblyman, Nelson Castro, was the cooperating witness in the latest case and will resign today.

“So here we go again,” Mr. Bharara began. “This has become something of a habit. For the second time in three days, we unsealed criminal charges against a sitting member of the State Legislature. And based on what is alleged in this complaint, it becomes more and more difficult to avoid the sad conclusion that political corruption in New York is indeed rampant and that the ‘show me the money’ culture in Albany is alive and well.”

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U.S. Attorney: New York’s Corruption Cases ‘Feel Like a Scene From Groundhog Day

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara gestures towards a chart featuring Senator Smith in the middle.
Preet Bharara gestures towards his chart with Senator Smith in the center.

“Today is another sad and disappointing day for every New Yorker,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced at his press conference this morning where he unsealed corruption charges against six officials–including State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran–accusing them of accepting bribes to boost Mr. Smith’s mayoral campaign.

“The charges we unsealed today demonstrate once again the ‘show me the money culture’ seems to pervade every level of New York government,” he continued. “The criminal complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany.”

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