On January 18, 2017, former New York State Senator John Sampson was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $75,000 fine after his conviction at trial for obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI.   Sampson had served in the New York State Senate from 1997 until he was convicted by a jury on July 24, 2015.  According to the evidence at trial, Sampson, an attorney, borrowed $188,500 from Queens businessman Edul Ahmad in order to replenish escrow accounts from which Sampson had embezzled in order to fund his 2005 unsuccessful campaign for Kings County District Attorney.  When the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York brought a mortgage fraud case against Ahmad, Sampson improperly attempted to help Ahmad, including by requesting the identity and statements of cooperating witnesses through a friend who was a supervisory paralegal at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Sampson’s motive was to prevent Ahmad from cooperating with the government and disclosing the loan.  Sampson did not report the loan on his Senate financial disclosure forms and did not repay the loan to Ahmad.  In February 2012, Ahmad told Sampson that the U.S. Attorney’s Office had subpoenaed a document related to the loan, and Sampson instructed Ahmad to lie to investigators.  Sampson also took the document from Ahmad and kept it.  United States v. Sampson, 13-CR-269 (E.D.N.Y.). DOJ Press Release

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