FRAUD! TOP New York Democrat Arrested after Caught in Massive Campaign Finance Scheme
A New York Democrat has been arrested on campaign finance-related federal charges after being involved in an alleged scheme to funnel fraudulent donations to his campaign.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin was arrested on charges reportedly connected to a past campaign.
The Democrat, who was directly chosen by New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul, had become very popular within the Democratic party and many considered him to be a “rising political star.”
Benjamin surrendered himself to authorities and faces a variety of charges including bribery.
NBC News 4 provided more details regarding his alleged crimes:
“His arrest comes after reports that Manhattan federal prosecutors and the FBI were investigating whether Benjamin knowingly engaged in a campaign finance fraud scheme. Subpoenas were issued in connection with the investigation, two sources familiar with the subpoenas said at the time.
The investigators also looked into whether Benjamin helped dole out state money to contributors and/or their projects as part of the alleged fraud.”
While being vetted for his appointment to the position of lieutenant governor in 2021, Benjamin reportedly failed to notify Gov. Hochul of a subpoena that he had received from a district attorney in relation to his aide, Gerry Migdol.
“Benjamin was a state senator when the Manhattan district attorney subpoenaed him last year about an alleged scheme run by a former campaign aide.
The aide, Gerry Migdol, allegedly solicited phony campaign donations so that Benjamin — who was then running for New York City comptroller — could boost his fundraising numbers to receive public matching funds.
Migdol was arrested and charged with soliciting fake donations.”
Benjamin seemingly knew that this was coming and had been staying out of the public eye until last Thursday where he made an appearance with Hochul for the first time since March 22.
Benjamin, meanwhile, claims he did nothing wrong regarding the subpoena.
WSKG also reported:
“Benjamin told reporters that he failed to tell Hochul of the subpoena when she was vetting him to be her lieutenant governor last August. He said he participated in a background check by the State Police, and thought that was enough.
“The State Police did a thorough investigation, I participated in that,” Benjamin said. “I followed the process as it was supposed to be followed.”
Benjamin has denied any wrongdoing.”
WSKG further stated that, “federal prosecutors are looking at whether Benjamin steered state grants for his district to financially benefit Migdol.”
Hochul said to reporters that despite Benjamin’s alleged crimes, she still supports him. Prior to his arrest, New York’s governor insisted he would stay on the ballot for this year’s gubernatorial election
“I have utmost confidence in my lieutenant governor,” Hochul told the media. “He is my running mate.”