Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro went undercover to protect himself

Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro resigned Thursday after his cooperation in a federal investigation against his colleagues was revealed. (Credit: Nelson Castro/Facebook)
Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro resigned Thursday after it was revealed that he has been cooperating with federal prosecutors to help indict his colleague, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson. (Credit: Nelson Castro/Facebook)

The arrest of Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in a shocking corruption scandal brought other surprising news to state politicians on Thursday: another Bronx assemblyman has been secretly working with federal prosecutors for more than three years.

Nelson Castro, who resigned Thursday, has been identified as the assemblyman who worked as a key witness in the sting operation against Stevenson. Castro went undercover after he was charged in 2009 with a sealed perjury indictment, the New York Post reports.

Castro was charged after he lied in 2008 about a large number of people who registered to vote using his apartment’s address, sources told the Post.

According to the indictment, Castro agreed to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney and Bronx District Attorney’s office and to resign from the state assembly.



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