The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI announced today that New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos were arrested this morning. The defendants were charged with bribery and honest service fraud schemes. Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos surrendered to the FBI in Manhattan.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bhara said: “As the Complaint charges, in six counts, Dean Skelos unlawfully used his power and influence as Senate Majority Leader, repeatedly, to illegally enrich his son, Adam, and indirectly, himself. By now, two things should be abundantly clear. First, public corruption is a deep-seated problem in New York State. It is a problem in both chambers; it is a problem on both sides of the aisle. And second, we are deadly serious about tackling that problem.”
According to “a senior executive of a major real estate developer”, who is a cooperating witness with the Government, Dean Skelos obtained over $200,000 in payments to Adam Skelos through persistent pressure. Dean and Adam Skelos were able to secure these illegal payments through implicit and explicit representations that Dean Skelos would use his official position to benefit those making the payments, which Dean Skelos in fact did when it was necessary to ensure that the payments to Adam Skelos continued.