Corruption Trial of Ex-N.Y. Senate Leader Skelos and Son Set for November

By and | July 30, 2015

Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos pleaded not guilty to new charges that he demanded payments to his son Adam from the head of an insurance administrator seeking to push favorable legislation through Albany.

Prosecutors claim Adam Skelos, who also pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court Thursday, bragged to other employees that he was entitled to special treatment because the CEO and his father had “an arrangement.” Adam Skelos also allegedly threatened to “smash in” a supervisor’s head when the person complained.

A judge set a Nov. 16 trial date for Skelos and his son.

The case stems from when the company’s CEO hired Adam Skelos for a job he wasn’t licensed to perform and often didn’t, according to prosecutors.

Dean Skelos, a Republican, and his son previously pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. Both could face as long as 20 years if convicted of extortion, fraud or other charges.

The case is U.S. v. Skelos, 15-cr-00317, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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