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Another NY lawmaker arrested on corruption charges

BROOKLYN -- Former Senate Minority Leader, John Sampson, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements.

Sampson, D-Brooklyn, was charged Monday in a nine count indictment by the US Attorney's Office. Sampson embezzled $440,000 then lied to federal authorities about it, the indictment claims.

According to the 24 page report by the US Attorney's Office, Sampson an attorney, was a court appointed "referee" for cases involving foreclosed properties in Brooklyn. Sampson took $440,000 from four different property settlements to pay for an unsuccessful election to become Kings County DA, the indictment stated.

The state senator then asked an "associate" for $188,000 as a loan, to pay the funds back, but the money was never returned to the "associate", the indictment states.

After being arrested for bank and wire fraud the "associate" worked undercover for authorities and approached Sampson. The senator asked the "associate" to lie for him and withhold evidence, the indictment states.

Sampson was also alleged to have a mole inside the US Attorney's Office and lied to federal officials about wanting his "associate" to withhold evidence.

Sampson faces two counts of embezzlement, two counts of witness tampering, two counts of falsifying statements, and one count each of obstruction of justice, evidence tampering, and concealment of records.

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