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John Sampson
FILE - In this file photo of Feb. 11, 2013, Sen. John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, speaks in the Senate in Albany, N.Y. Sampson was arrested Monday, May 6, 2013, by the FBI in the latest corruption case brought by federal prosecutors. The Brooklyn Democrat was to appear later in the day at a Brooklyn courthouse. Specific charges weren't immediately announced. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Downstate Senator Charged with Corruption



New York, NY (AP) State Sen. John Sampson has been indicted on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

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.

 


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