NEW YORK CITY (WSYR-TV) - Once one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s most trusted aides, Joe Percoco was convicted on three counts on Tuesday.
A jury found Percoco guilty of two counts of conspiracy and solicitation of a bribe.
He was found not guilty of extortion.
COR Development executive Steve Aiello was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit services fraud. He was found not guilty of solicitation of a bribe.
COR Attorney Joseph Gerardi was found not guilty.
The jury was deadlocked on a decision regarding Peter Kelly's conspiracy charge.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman offered a statement after the verdict:
“Joseph Percoco was found guilty of taking over $300,000 in cash bribes by selling something priceless that was not his to sell – the sacred obligation to honestly and faithfully serve the citizens of New York. As every schoolchild knows, but he corruptly chose to disregard, government officials who sell their influence to select insiders violate the basic tenets of a democracy. We will continue relentlessly to bring to justice those public officials who violate their oaths by engaging in this especially offensive misconduct.”
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