Another State Official Charged With Corruption

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By The Associated Press

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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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