Another State Official Charged With Corruption
Another New York lawmaker has run afoul of the law.
State Sen. John Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat, has been indicted on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.
He was arrested Monday.
Sampson was a court-appointed referee to watch over escrow accounts for sales of foreclosed properties in Brooklyn.
It's alleged he embezzled $440,000 between 1998 and 2008.
He's also accused of funneling funds into his failed campaign for Brooklyn DA.
There was no immediate response to a message left Monday for Sampson's attorney.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Sampson has been stripped of his ranking positions and committee assignments.
The arrest came less than a week after prosecutors revealed that former Sen. Shirley Huntley made numerous secret recordings of other elected officials in a bid for leniency in her own corruption case.
In recent years, several elected officials in New York have been charged in bribery and other schemes.
Friday, March 6, 2015, Watertown, NY
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