The New York Times reports:
Lt. Gov. Brian A. Benjamin of New York, the state’s second-in-command to Gov. Kathy Hochul, surrendered early Tuesday morning to face a federal bribery conspiracy indictment in connection with a scheme to funnel fraudulent donations to a previous campaign, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The indictment, the result of an investigation by the F.B.I. and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, accused Mr. Benjamin of conspiring to direct state funds to a Harlem real estate investor in exchange for orchestrating thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to Mr. Benjamin’s unsuccessful 2021 campaign for New York City comptroller, the people said.
ABC New York reports:
There will be a press conference at noon to announce the unsealing of an indictment charging Lieutenant Governor Benjamin with bribery and related offenses. The charges are in connection with his alleged participation in a scheme to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for securing a state grant. The lieutenant governor had been considered a rising political star after he was chosen by Governor Kathy Hochul.
New from the @nytimes: Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendered early Tuesday morning to face a federal bribery conspiracy indictment
“There is no suggestion that Ms. Hochul was aware…Still, she took office last year promising to end an era of impropriety”https://t.co/n8phnXnL0i
— Morgan McKay (@morganfmckay) April 12, 2022
BREAKING: New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendered to authorities early Tuesday morning to face fraud-related charges in connection with a previous political campaignhttps://t.co/txzqRdvIfo
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 12, 2022
— News 4 Buffalo (@news4buffalo) April 12, 2022