Ex-aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets six years in prison
September 20, 2018 05:24 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes.
Joseph Percoco was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in New York City.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said she hoped the sentence would be heard in the state capital.
Percoco was convicted in March of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted influence with the Cuomo administration.
The governor wasn't charged in the case and denied any knowledge of Percoco's influence peddling. However, trial testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.
Percoco's conviction also gave ammunition to Cuomo's opponents in this year's election.
They say it proves the two-term Democrat hasn't done enough to address chronic corruption in state government.
Judge Valerie Caproni in sentencing Joe Percoco to 6 years: I hope that this sentence will be heard loud and clear in Albany and serve as a warning to those who serve in government any where.
Judge Caproni: There is no doubt the people of this state have lost faith in their government. Joe Percoco exerted his muscle to show he was a big man, but he is a bully.
Gov. Cuomo released the following statement:
"I was an Assistant District Attorney and Attorney General, and the rule of law is paramount. Joe Percoco is paying the price for violating the public trust. And it should serve as a warning to anyone who fails to uphold his or her oath as a public servant. On a personal level, the human tragedy for Joe's young children and family is a very sad consequence."
Updated: September 20, 2018 05:24 PM
Created: September 20, 2018 09:53 AM
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