Former Cuomo aide indicted in federal fraud case

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NEW YORK (AP) – A former top adviser for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven others have been indicted their federal corruption case.

The indictment was unsealed Tuesday in Manhattan. It charges Joseph Percoco and his co-defendants with multiple counts, 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 the Hudson Valley.

There was no immediate response to a message left with Percoco’s attorney. No arraignment date has been set.

Cuomo hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the case. He released the following statement on Tuesday:

As I said two months ago when the US Attorney first made this case public, this is a profoundly sad situation for me personally. Now the justice system must take its course, and any of those found guilty of abusing the public’s trust should and will be punished.  Changes need to be made to restore faith at every level of government. My administration has taken a number of steps in the past several months to reform the procurement process, and has proposed additional measures for the Legislature to take up when they return.

Lawyers representing Dr. Alain Kaloyeros released the following statement in connection with the indictments:

“We are disappointed with the government’s decision to indict Dr. Kaloyeros.  Dr. Kaloyeros is innocent of the charges filed against him and looks forward to being exonerated.  Dr. Kaloyeros has dedicated his life to training young scientists, developing cutting-edge research, and attracting outstanding tech companies, economic development and jobs to Upstate New York.  We are confident that, at the end of this process, a jury will conclude that he committed no crimes along the way.”

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