U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office has charged nine people, including two former aides from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, in a complaint that alleges federal corruption.
The complaint has cited two bribery and fraud schemes, which are centered around funds connected with Gov. Cuomo’s economic development projects throughout the state of New York.
In addition, the complaint said the two aides in question, Joseph Percoco and Todd Howe, along with the president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, have been charged as a result of “two overlapping criminal schemes involving bribery, corruption and fraud in the award of hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other official state benefits.”
Executives from Competitive Power Ventures; COR Development Co.; and LPCiminelli have also been named as defendants in the case.
Specifically, Bharara said Percoco and his wife are accused of accepting $315,000 in bribes from Howe between 2012 and 2016, funded by clients of Howe from CPV and COR Development, in an effort to “gain substantial official state benefits at the time the payments were solicited and made.”
Percoco is accused of helping Competitive Power Ventures obtain a $100 million state contract that would help finance a $900 million power plant in Wawayanda, N.Y., and Howe is accused of accepting $315,000 in bribes from COR Development Co.
Kaloyeros, the point-person for many of Cuomo’s economic development projects, including the “Buffalo Billion,” project, as well as Rochester’s AIM Photonics Institute project, is also accused of “secretly rigging the bidding process” so that contracts would be awarded to LPCiminelli and COR Development.
The defendants have been charged with 33 felonies, overall, within the 80-page complaint.
Previously, Percoco had been the governor’s executive deputy secretary, from 2011 until 2014.
He was also an aide for Cuomo’s father, Gov. Mario Cuomo.
Howe had been a former advisor to the governor.
Bharara was scheduled to give more details regarding the charges during a press conference Thursday.
Visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/file/895031/download and https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/file/895036/download to view the full complaints.