A multi-page complaint was released by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which charges Mr. Skelos, the highest ranking Republican Senate in the State, and his son, with two counts of extortion, two counts of conspiracy, and two counts of gratuities and bribes.
The complaint indicates a scheme of extorting business for funds to benefit Skelos’ son, with expectations that payments would greatly impact the Senator’s actions. It also claims that both the Senator and his son went through extensive lengths to hide their activity, including the use of burner mobile phones and coded languages.
The investigation is part of a wide inquiry by federal investigators into possible wrongdoing in Albany, NY, and recent charges coming months after Sheldon Silver, a Democrat and former assembly speaker, was arrested on corruption charges.
The complaint also claims an extended scheme by the Senator and his son to secure earnings from businesses with business and legislative interests in the NY state, and those who have given political contributions to the senator.