U.S. prosecutors have indicted fourteen defendants including several high-ranking officials from FIFA for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise involving "$150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades in soccer's controversial governing body" as reported by ABC News: "U.S. officials said that one American FIFA official, Charles Blazer, has already pleaded guilty and reportedly wore an undercover wire to record conversations with fellow soccer officials."
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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.
Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son Adam are expected to be indicted next week by federal prosecutors on corruption charges including extortion and bribery as reported by The New York Times. Earlier this year federal prosecutors hit New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with corruption charges for allegedly taking $4 million in bribes. With all their dirty politicians and wise guys New Yorkers clearly are a sorry lot.
Earlier this year federal prosecutors hit New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- dubbed the Kosher Nostra boss from Manhattan's Lower East Side -- with corruption charges for allegedly taking $4 million in bribes, and now Team America has brought another charge which claims the stinkin' politician parked the dirty cash "in a 'private, high-yield' low-risk investment vehicle not available to the general public" as reported by Stephen Rex Brown for the Daily News: "in return, Silver 'took certain official actions as requested by the investor' who was not paid for his services, the indictment charged."