BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrest of three people for their roles in a public corruption case.
Schneiderman’s office is prosecuting the case against Bruce Tanski of Clifton Park, Katina Fogarty of Latham and Nicholas DiNova of Halfmoon for their roles in an alleged scheme to circumvent campaign finance laws.
Scheiderman said the three evaded requirements that donations be made in the true name of the donor, and instead, Tanski allegedly funneled contributions to then-Town of Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda Wormuth.
Wormuth has a separate public corruption case pending in Saratoga County Court and has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from campaign amounts.
Tanski is accused of circumventing election law and campaign contribution limits with the assistance of six people who allegedly served as straw donors, including Fogarty and DiNova. Tanski allegedly contributed a total of $6,000 to the Wormuth campaign through the straw donors, in violation of the $1,000 contribution limit, according to Schneiderman.
“The law applies to everyone equally, no matter how rich or how powerful, and that is why my office has aggressively prosecuted over 50 individuals in public corruption cases since 2011,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Public corruption undermines faith in government, and that is why I have made cracking down on public corruption a top priority.”
Court papers said Tanksi evaded the $1,000 limit by providing six individuals with $1,000 each who then issued a personal check in that amount to the Wormuth campaign in his or her own name and from his or her bank account. The indictment states those contributions caused the treasurer of the Friends of Mindy Wormuth campaign to file false financial disclosure reports with the Board of Elections.
The money was received to the campaign between March and July 2013, according to Schneiderman.
Tanski is charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing, six counts of violating the Election Law of Campaign Contributions to be Under True Name of Contributor, and one count of violating Election Law that violates the campaign limit.
Fogarty and DiNova are each charged separately with one count of violating Election Law.
All three pled not guilty to the charges in Saratoga County Court on Friday.