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Kruger, Carl and Michael, Turano Sentencing PR

Kruger, Carl and Michael, Turano Sentencing PR

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Southern District of New York 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ellen Davis, Carly Sullivan,Thursday, April 26, 2012 Jerika Richardsonhttp://www.justice.gov/usao/nys (212) 637-2600
FORMER NEW YORK STATE SENATOR CARL KRUGERSENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO SEVEN YEARSIN PRISON FOR BRIBERY SCHEMES
Co-Defendant Michael Turano Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York,announced that New York State Senator CARL KRUGER was sentenced today to seven years inprison for engaging in bribery schemes in which he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars inbribes
 
in exchange for taking official actions. As part of the schemes, the corrupt paymentsintended for KRUGER were directed to bank accounts controlled by MICHAEL TURANO, aManhattan-based gynecologist, who was sentenced today to two years in prison for his role in theschemes. KRUGER and TURANO were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Today’s sentencing of Carl Kruger andMichael Turano takes us one step closer to closing this sorry chapter in the continuing story of public corruption in New York State and City government. And the moral is that when electedofficials violate their oaths of office and betray their constituents by putting personal interestsand enrichment above their duty as public servants, they will be brought to justice.”According to the Indictment, other documents filed in the case, and statements madeduring plea proceedings,From 1994 to 2011, KRUGER served as a member of the New York State Senate,representing Bergen Beach, Flatlands, Mill Basin and other Brooklyn communities in the 27thSenate District. From 2009 to the beginning of 2011, he was chairman of the Senate FinanceCommittee. KRUGER had a close relationship with TURANO and was effectively a member of his family.From 2007 through March 2011, lobbyist Richard Lipsky directed approximately$260,000 of his lobbying fees to Olympian Strategic Development Corporation and BassettBrokerage, two entities controlled by TURANO. In exchange for the payments made toOlympian and Bassett, KRUGER undertook official action to benefit Lipsky and his lobbyingclients. Further, from 2007 through March 2011, healthcare consultant Solomon Kalish directedapproximately $197,000 to Olympian that had been paid to Adex by third parties, includingRobert Aquino, the Chief Executive Officer of Parkway Hospital in Queens, New York, throughhis marketing/consulting firm, Adex Management, Inc. Aquino caused the hospital to make

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