Prosecutors unseal indictment of pol who wore wire in corruption case

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson will issue a new indictment Wednesday. Credit: Metro
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson unsealed the indictment Wednesday. Credit: Metro

In another chapter in the arrests last week of New York politicians charged with corruption, the politician who helped officials was arraigned today.

Former New York State Assemblyman Nelson Castro was charged with multiple counts of perjury, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced today.

Castro was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court after an indictment outlining his alleged crimes was unsealed.

He reportedly worked with officials to snare corrupt colleagues after the initial allegations.

Prosecutors say that during a 2008 Board of Elections hearing, he lied under oath in response to three question about his eligibility to be on the ballot in a primary election.

They allege that he said he did not know two people who in fact were helping with his campaign.

Perjury has a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Castro, who resigned last week, was a key witness in the case against Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson.

In a Quinnipiac poll released today, 82 percent of New Yorkers say corruption is a very serious or somewhat serious problem in New York City.


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