FACTBOX-New York politicians in corruption probes

NEW YORK, July 15 (BestGrowthStock) – A sampling of New York
politicians caught up in corruption or ethics investigations.

STATE SEN. EFRAIN GONZALEZ JR. — A state senator for
almost 20 years, Gonzalez Jr. was sentenced to seven years in
prison in May for fraudulently using two nonprofit
organizations to pay for personal expenses, including
membership fees to a vacation club and rent on a luxury
apartment in the Dominican Republic.

STATE SEN. PEDRO ESPADA — A Majority Leader in the New
York Senate, Espada was sued by New York Attorney General
Andrew Cuomo in April on accusations of bilking $14 million
from healthcare organizations he founded. He has also been
fined thousands of dollars for not disclosing political
contributions and for creating a fraudulent organization to
train janitors while paying them less than $2 an hour.

STATE SEN. JOE BRUNO — A Republican Senate leader who
wielded significant power for 14 years, Bruno was convicted in
2009 for using his clout to amass millions from companies
seeking to do business with the state. Indicted on eight
federal counts of corruption, he was acquitted of all but two
counts and sentenced to two years in prison.

U.S. REP. CHARLES RANGEL — After a four decade run in the
U.S. Congress, Rangel resigned chairmanship of the tax-writing
Ways and Means Committee in March following allegations he
accepted corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean, hoarded
apartments intended for low-income tenants and failed to
declare income on a rental villa in the Dominican Republic.
Rangel is running for re-election in the fall.

STATE ASSEMBLYMAN ANTHONY SEMINERIO — The longtime
politician was sentenced to six years in federal prison in
February for forcing hospital officials and other constituents
to pay him consulting fees for work a judge deemed “part of
being a legislator.”

NEW YORK CITY COUNCILMEMBER LARRY SEABROOK — A federal
grand jury indicted him in February on suspicion of public
corruption crimes, including funneling more than $300,000 to
his girlfriend through nonprofit organizations and charging
$177 for a $7 bagel and soda lunch.

STATE COMPTROLLER ALAN HEVESI — Resigned in 2006 after
pleading guilty to defrauding the government, specifically by
using a state worker to drive his wife on shopping trips and do
housework. The investigation revealed Hevesi and his cronies,
used the office, which controls New York state’s $129 billion
pension fund, to steer money to political contributors.

BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN — A former president of New York City
Central Labor Council, an umbrella group of unions, McLaughlin
was sentenced to 10 years in prison last year for embezzling
more than $3 million from labor unions, contractors and a
Little League team he said he was raising money for.
(Reporting by Karina Ioffee; Editing by Daniel Trotta)

FACTBOX-New York politicians in corruption probes