Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, have been found guilty on eight charges of corruption, including bribery, extortion and conspiracy.
Prosecutors accused Skelos of using his political influence to arrange jobs for his son, who was charged with aiding and abetting his father in the scheme.
Skelos and his son will face up to 130 years in prison when they face Judge Kimba Wood for sentencing early next year – similarly to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his conviction on corruption charges last month.
Skelos, 67, had been Senate Majority leader since 2008.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara filed charges against Skelos and Silver after vowing to clean up corruption in Albany earlier this year.
Prosecutors had alleged Skelos pressured several companies into offering his son jobs, or payments under the guise of “referal fees,” for work or projects his son had little, or nothing, to do with.
Adam “didn’t have to lift a finger, except to grab the money,” prosecutor Tatiana Martins stated.
Skelos’ lawyer maintained the senator had only been trying to help his son, like any parent would, and hadn’t done anything illegal. However, Adam Skelos allegedly pocketed over $300,000 from the various crimes.
“How many prosecutions will it take before Albany gives the people of New York the honest government they deserve?” Bharara said in a statement.
According to reports, Skelos is the 12th statewide elected official to be convicted following charges brought by Bharara’s office since he was appointed to the post in 2009.