On May 12, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison for using his official position to solicit bribes.  His son, Adam Skelos, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for helping to arrange and receive the more than $300,000 in bribes paid to his father.  According to the evidence introduced at the Skelos’ trial, the former Majority Leader repeatedly used his position in the State Senate to force companies to make payments to and arrange contracts with his son Adam, in exchange for official acts or upon threat of official retaliation.  Both men were convicted on December 11, 2015, of three counts of extortion under color of official right, three counts of soliciting and receiving bribes, and one count of conspiracy to commit each substantive offense.  In addition to the prison sentences, Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York ordered Dean Skelos to pay a $500,000 fine and forfeit $334,120, and ordered Adam Skelos to forfeit $334,120.  United States v. Skelos, 15-cr-317 (S.D.N.Y.).  DOJ Press Release

Related preceding post