Cuomo ex-aide in­dicted in fed­eral fraud case

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

A for­mer top ad­viser for Demo­cratic New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo and seven other peo­ple have been in­dicted in their fed­eral cor­rup­tion case.

The in­dict­ment was un­sealed Tues­day in New York City. It charges Joseph Per­coco and his co-de­fen­dants with crimes in­clud­ing fraud con­spir­acy, bribery and extortion.

The case’s most se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions are against Per­coco, for­merly Cuomo’s ex­ec­u­tive deputy sec­re­tary and one of his most loyal advisers.

A crim­i­nal com­plaint from Septem­ber al­leges Per­coco took more than $315,000 in bribes from 2012 through 2016 from Syra­cuse-based COR De­vel­op­ment and Com­pet­i­tive Power Ven­tures, an en­ergy com­pany look­ing to build a power plant in New York’s Hud­son Val­ley.

Per­coco’s at­tor­ney says the case is “a real turkey.” No ar­raign­ment date has been set.

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