2020 Contender’s Aide Found GUILTY

Joseph Percoco, a former top aide and longtime confidant to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.), has been found guilty of three counts in his federal corruption trial.

Percoco was accused of accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from two companies with state business, the New York Times reported.

The Times notes the former aide was known as the governor’s enforcer, “responsible for everything from keeping lawmakers in line and intimidating Mr. Cuomo’s political rivals to making sure chairs and thermostats were in order for the governor’s public appearances.” On Tuesday, he was found not guilty of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion, and he was convicted of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, and solicitation of bribes and gratuities.

The trial painted an unflattering portrait of Mr. Percoco and more broadly of the inner workings of the state Capitol, one replete with expensive fishing trips, clubby nicknames and “magic phone calls” that could make or break multimillion-dollar contracts.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.


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