State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) will turn himself in to federal authorities tomorrow morning to face corruption charges, The Post has learned.
Kruger, the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Finance Committee, has been under investigation since 2007 by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, who are probing allegations that he has performed official acts in exchange for campaign donations.
But that previously reported probe — which remains ongoing — is independent of the charges that Kruger will be facing in Manhattan federal court, sources told The Post.
A source said Kruger will be the biggest name among a number of political and public people who will be charged or linked to the heretofore unknown Manhattan corruption case.
The FBI declined to comment today.
Last week, a lawyer ensnared in the pending Brooklyn federal corruption probe into allegations of influence peddling by Kruger pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to FBI agents about a pay-to-play bribe.
Michael Levitis, an attorney and restaurant owner, admitted in Brooklyn federal court that he lied when questioned about his involvement in an effort to pay off Kruger through an intermediary — who he didn’t realize was acting an informant for the FBI.
Levitis allegedly acted as a go-between in a pay-to-play scheme to help Kruger raise money in exchange for official favors, the feds say.
In April 2009, Levitis was caught on a secretly recorded audio-tape telling the informant that he needed to pay off Jason Koppel — Kruger’s longtime chief of staff and campaign treasurer — to get assistance on an upcoming official business inspection.
The informant was instructed by Levitis that he would “have to do a fund-raiser“ for Kruger.
On the FBI’s instruction, the informant recorded another conversation with Levitis, and agreed to give him $3,000. About $2,000 of that money was allegedly for Koppel, and the rest allegedly for Levitis.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Stunner: Another NY Democrat Facing Corruption Charges
In the end it doesn't matter. New York is just a revolving door of Democrat hacks. One goes down, another takes his place. Then when he goes to jail, the schmucks elect another Democrat. Lather, rinse, repeat.