Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin of New York has been accused of charges of bribery, as well as other offenses.
These offenses stem from what federal prosecutors claim was a “scheme” to solicit political donations in return for a $50,000 state grant from the state legislature.
Additionally, Benjamin and others are accused of conspiring to “cover up” the conspiracy by engaging in “a sequence of lies and deception,” according to the indictment.
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It was between 2019 and 2021 that Benjamin was allegedly involved in the conspiracy, while serving as a state legislator and a contender for state comptroller, according to the criminal complaint.
When Benjamin was running for office at the time, he allegedly solicited campaign contributions and monies raised by a property developer. This was done in exchange for authorizing public money for the developer’s non-profit organization.
It is asserted that Benjamin misrepresented campaign donor shapes in order to conceal this, and when he was being considered for the lieutenant governor position in 2021, he provided false information.
This false information was provided in the form that stated he’s never “directly exerted” his power as an official “regarding a matter of a benefactor [he] directly solicited.”
BREAKING: New York Lieutenant Gov. Brian Benjamin, a Democrat, was just indicted on bribery and corruption charges for handing out taxpayer-funded grants in exchange for campaign cash.
— Steven Ertelt (@StevenErtelt) April 12, 2022
In addition to the allegations of bribery and conspiracy, dishonest services grand larceny, and fabrication of documents, Benjamin is also facing criminal accusations.
Each of the offenses carries a potential penalty of five to twenty years in jail, depending on the severity.
Prosecutors are also requesting the confiscation of the funds involved, as well as “any additional property of the offender up to the amount of the contract breached,” according to the court documents.
According to information obtained by Fox News, Benjamin has been detained on these accusations. In response to a request for comment, the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul did not immediately react.
At a press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney for New York Damian Williams, together with authorities from the FBI and the New York Department of Investigation, is slated to speak about the case and answer questions.
In the midst of deliberating whether to run for re-election to his former position as governor of New York, a new survey reveals an Andrew Cuomo campaign would quickly change an uncompetitive Democratic primary into a competitive race.
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Among Democrat voters, according to a new Siena College survey issued on Monday, Cuomo has 30 percent support, and Gov. Kathy Hochul, his successor, receives 38 percent.
New York Democrats are corrupt.
It is truly an Albany cesspool.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) April 12, 2022
Representative Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Proponent Jumaane Williams, who are both running for the Democrat nomination for governor in the June 28 primary, are each receiving ten percent and seven percent, respectively.
This is according to the survey, which was conducted between March 20 and March 24.