Menu Contact
Robert D. DiDio & AssociatesRobert D. DiDio
& Associates
Call To Schedule An Appointment
917-300-0984
En Español
SERVING NEW YORK WITH INTEGRITY & COMMITMENT

New York senator facing 45 years for corruption convictions

New York's former state Senate majority leader was recently convicted in federal court of wire fraud, bribery and extortion for attempting to bribe Republican political operatives to get his name on the ballot for New York City mayor.

Former Sen. Malcolm Smith's corruption conviction in a White Plains courtroom stems from a scheme from 2013 wherein Smith agreed to pays bribes to GOP leaders to get the Republican ballot line. According to court documents, the Democratic senator paid $40K to the chairman of the Bronx GOP and the Republican Vice Chair in Queens in order to run on the Republican ticket. Those two men also were convicted on four counts of corruption as well.

The former senator's attorney announced that his client plans an appeal before his July 1 sentencing date, where he is facing up to 45 years in prison.

The 58-year-old former Senate leader assumed his top position in 2008, but his leadership was damaged when two colleagues crossed party lines and sided with the GOP, causing Democratic leaders to replace him the following year. He was up for re-election in 2014, but lost after the first trial wound up ending as a mistrial.

Others with alleged involvement in the scandal are still awaiting trial on their charges, while some have pleaded guilty or already been convicted.

Bribe and kickback allegations have long dogged a string of New York politicians. Nearly 40 state legislators and lawmakers have been brought up on ethical and legal complaints in the last 15 years.

White collar crime is taken very seriously by the authorities, and convictions can and do result in lengthy prison sentences along with stiff fines. At the first indication that you may be facing criminal charges or are the subject of an investigation, seek competent criminal defense representation to protect your liberty and reputation.

Source: The Journal News, "Malcolm Smith convicted of bribery, fraud" Jon Campbell, Feb. 05, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients Say

  1. Pedro from Nassau County

    “I was arrested and charged with being the getaway driver during a knife point robbery. The police stopped my car a block away from the robbery with my co-defendant in the car with me. The victim identified my co-defendant to the police within 5 minutes of the robbery...

    - GREAT JOB MR. DiDIO!”
  2. We understand the pain, stress, inconvenience and financial turmoil that can result when you are suffering from a personal injury.

  3. Intellectual property law is complex — if you have an idea you should consult with an experienced attorney before making any decisions.

  4. Póngase en contacto con nosotros para programar una consulta inicial de media hora gratuita con un abogado con experiencia. Hablamos español.

  5. Póngase en contacto con nosotros para programar una consulta inicial de media hora gratuita con un abogado con experiencia. Hablamos español.

  6. Póngase en contacto con nosotros para programar una consulta inicial de media hora gratuita con un abogado con experiencia. Hablamos español.

  7. Póngase en contacto con nosotros para programar una consulta inicial de media hora gratuita con un abogado con experiencia. Hablamos español.

Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Robert D. DiDio
& Associates

8002 Kew Gardens Road
Suite 307
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Phone: 917-300-0984
Fax: 718-793-0165
Kew Gardens Law Office Map