Source: AP / The Huffington Post
NEW YORK — A once-powerful New York state senator brazenly tried to short-circuit a federal fraud investigation of his law practice by seeking inside information from an employee of the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, prosecutors said Monday.
Sen. John Sampson told the employee – who has since been fired – that he wanted to identify cooperators in his case so he could arrange to “take them out,” the prosecutors said in announcing an indictment against the former Democratic leader in the Senate.
The indictment also alleges that Sampson embezzled $440,000 from escrow accounts under his supervision as a court-appointed referee for foreclosures. It says some of the funds were funneled into a losing campaign to become Brooklyn district attorney.
When an interview with the FBI last year concluded with agents accusing the senator of lying, Sampson responded, “Not everything I told you was false,” the indictment says.
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