State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was arrested today and charged with allegedly soliciting $250,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents and even auctioning off his Assembly seat.
Boyland, who comes from a prominent Brooklyn political family, just beat similar charges earlier this month.
FBI agents posed as associates of a carnival operator seeking locations to set up shop in his Brownsville-Bedford Stuyvesant district, as well as real estate developers.
In a new complaint, the FBI alleges that Boyland promised to help secure business opportunities and use his political influence in exchange for cash.
“The extent of the charged corruption is staggering,” said United States Attorney Loretta Lynch in a statement. “The defendant is alleged to have auctioned the power of his seat in the Assembly to the highest bidder, for his own personal gain and to the potential detriment of the voters who elected him to office.”
Accusation deja vu?
Boyland was acquitted on Nov 10 in Federal District Court in Manhattan of charges that he conspired to take bribes from a health care company. Prosecutors claimed that Boyland sought $175,000 in bribes to assist MediSys, a company that runs hospitals in Queens and Brooklyn, but he was found innocent of that charge.