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kruger statement

kruger statement

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This morning, eight men surrendered to theFBI as the result of a long-term investigation intopublic corruption. Two state legislators, a lobbyist,a real estate developer and two hospital executivesare among the defendants.The criminal complaint outlined by the USAttorney lays out a roadmap of bribery, moneylaundering, influence-peddling and officialmisconduct that is eye-opening even to seasonedinvestigators and prosecutors.Much of the evidence laid out in the complaintcomes from court-authorized wiretaps on thecellular phones of Carl Kruger, Richard Lipsky,Solomon Kalish, and the late Anthony Seminerio.Carl Kruger has been a New York StateSenator representing Brooklyn since 1994. For atleast the last five years, while he nominallyrepresented the people of the 27
th
Senate District,
 
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Kruger took official action aimed at furthering theinterests of a much smaller circle of people.Kruger sponsored or supported legislation,lobbied other officials, or directed State funds, forthe benefit of businesses whose officers oradvocates lined Kruger¶s pockets, directly orindirectly, with more than $1 million.Kruger attempted to conceal the bribepayments by having them funneled into bankaccounts for shell companies established bydefendant Michael Turano, a person described inthe complaint as a particularly close personalfriend of Kruger.In fact, the complaint says, ³Kruger acted likea member of the Turano family,´ and ³is closestwith Michael Turano.´ Bribe payments funneledinto the accounts of Olympian StrategicDevelopment and Bassett Brokerage were moneyKruger had direct access to.
 
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Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. hasrepresented the 55
th
Assembly District since 2003.He had been ± and remained after his election ± onthe payroll of MediSys Health Network.In return for official action seeking millions of dollars in State funding for MediSys hospitals,Boyland was paid a ³salary´ as a ³consultant´ toMediSys. Witnesses interviewed by the FBIestablished that Boyland¶s consultancy positionwas really a no-show job for which MediSys CEODavid Rosen paid Boyland nearly $180,000.Rosen is also charged with bribes to Krugerthrough a scheme involving the steering of Brookdale Hospital business to a hospice careprovider in which Kruger had an economic interest.Rosen sought to have Kruger take official action insupport of MediSys efforts to acquire certainhospitals.

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