New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos And Son Arrested On Corruption Charges
NEW YORK, NY – U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Assistant Director-In-Charge Diego Rodriguez, of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos were taken into custody this morning on charges that they extorted those with business before New York State to make payments to Adam Skelos, with the expectation that such payments would result in official action by Dean Skelos. The defendants were also charged with bribery and honest services fraud schemes. Among other things, Dean Skelos is accused of illegally obtaining a $20,000 payment for Adam Skelos from a large real estate developer dependent on Dean Skelos for tax breaks and a $10,000 monthly payment from an environmental technology company seeking government-funded contracts in New York State. Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos surrendered to the FBI in Manhattan, this morning, and are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman in Manhattan federal court later today.