State Sen. Sampson to be charged in corruption scandal

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State Sen. John Sampson is the latest politician caught in a federal corruption probe. Credit: Twitter/@SenateLeader

State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn is expected to be charged with obstruction of justice Monday in connection with a bribery scheme involving a former state senator who secretly recorded conversations with him.

Sampson, a former leader of the Democratic caucus, allegedly approached former state Sen. Shirley Huntley on behalf of a businessman who was offering bribes in exchange for help in expanding his business at Kennedy International Airport, the New York Times reports.

According to court documents, Huntley accepted $1,000 from the unnamed businessman as she reached out to airport officials on his behalf for two months last year, the Times reports.

The documents mention a state senator set up the initial meeting. Sources say the state senator is Sampson.

Huntley, who pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayer money through a charity organization she was running, agreed to cooperate with federal agents and record conversations with a number of elected officials.


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