U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara strikes again!
Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son Adam have been busted on corruption charges as reported by The New York Times:
The charges against them were detailed in a six-count criminal complaint filed in United States District Court in Manhattan and include conspiracy, extortion under the color of official right, honest services wire fraud and bribe solicitation. The accusations stem from a federal investigation focused on the younger man's business dealings . . . including payments to Adam Skelos by an Arizona environmental company, AbTech Industries.
The senator was accused of taking official actions to benefit AbTech and a prominent Long Island real estate firm, Glenwood Management, a politically influential developer that had financial ties to AbTech. Senator Skelos agreed to do so, according to the complaint, as long as the companies paid his son. Neither company was named in the complaint.
Earlier this year federal prosecutors hit New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with corruption charges for allegedly taking $4 million in bribes.
Apparently Bharara has this idealistic notion about clean government, and he doesn't give a rat's ass about the cynical lawmakers who exploit public service as a platform to accumulate personal wealth.