B’klyn pols charged with taking bribes
Two Brooklyn politicians took bribes to meddle in affairs like Wal-Mart, according to a federal sting.
State Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland, both Brooklyn politicians, were part of an eight-person group that surrendered yesterday morning.
Kruger and Boyland are accused of taking $1 million in bribes — and then sponsoring or supporting legislation, along with directing taxpayer money and asking for favors, for people who paid.
Janice Fedarcyk, the FBI’s assistant director in charge, called the investigation “eye-opening even to seasoned investigators and prosecutors.”
Included in their illegal meddling was Kruger’s opposition of a “retail superstore” in Brooklyn — opposed by small-store retailers that the FBI said hired Kruger.
FBI agents shadowed them at restaurants and tapped their phones, catching them at “a luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan” and conferring in cars near Union Square.
Defendants used “the mail” to refer to payments and “memo” to refer to checks, FBI agents said in the complaint.
Kruger could be sentenced to 60 years in prison, and Boyland faces up to 20 years in jail.
This is not Albany’s first encounter with the law.
» Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Sr. was accused of embezzling $500,000 from a health care clinic he founded.
» Former Sen. Hiram Monserrate is no longer in the Senate after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.
» Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno is in the midst of an appeal regarding his corruption conviction.