Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge announced the unsealing of a Complaint charging New York Senator Malcolm Smith, New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran, and four others with bribery, extortion, and fraud charges. The charges against the defendants stem from an undercover investigation.
According to investigators, in November 2012 Smith agreed with Halloran, an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer, and a cooperating witness to bribe New York City Republican Party county leaders in exchange for their issuance of Wilson Pakula certificates that would enable Smith to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Mayor in 2013. Smith, a Democrat, was first elected to the New York State Senate in March 2000. Halloran, a Republican, was elected to the New York City Council in 2009.
Since August 2012 to the present, Halloran allegedly accepted approximately $18,300 in cash bribes and approximately $6,500 in straw donor campaign contribution checks from the undercover agent and the cooperating witness in exchange for agreeing to direct up to $80,000 in New York City Council discretionary funding to the “company” understood by Halloran to be under development by the undercover agent and the cooperating witness.
For more details please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-and-fbi-assistant-director-charge-announce-federal-corruption