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The corruption trial of Joseph Percoco, the former chief of staff of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has come to an end. Percoco was convicted on three felony counts of bribery and corruption and is now facing up to 20 years in prison.
During the trial that lasted a month and a half, prosecutors were able to reveal just how steeped in corruption Percoco was. The Buffalo News has the specifics on Percoco's conviction.
Percoco was convicted of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, and solicitation of bribes and gratuities in connection with a low-show job given to his wife by an energy company with a downstate power plant interest before the Cuomo administration. Percoco got nearly $300,000 in bribes through the scheme. Another $35,000 came his way in 2014 from a Syracuse development firm while he was, for eight months, off the state payroll running Cuomo's re-election campaign.
The prosecutors also focused on Percoco's close relationship with Gov. Cuomo. The pair were apparently so close that Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone stated, "Getting a call from Percoco was like getting a call from the governor himself."
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Source: Town Hall