NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Former New York State Senator Carl Kruger was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for using his office for official actions benefitting individuals.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: "Today's sentencing of Carl Kruger... takes us one step closer to closing this sorry chapter in the continuing story of public corruption in New York State and City government.
"And the moral is that when elected officials violate their oaths of office and betray their constituents by putting personal interests and enrichment above their duty as public servants, they will be brought to justice."
According to the indictment, Mr. Kruger was a member of the New York State Senate from 1994 to 2011. He was chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 2009 to the beginning of 2011.
Beginning in 2007 through March 2011, lobbyist Richard Lipsky directed approximately $260,000 of his lobbying fees to Olympian Strategic Development Corporation and Bassett Brokerage.
Kruger undertook official action to benefit Lipsky and his lobbying clients in exchange for the payments made to Olympian and Bassett.
During the same period, healthcare consultant Solomon Kalish directed approximately $197,000 to Olympian that had been paid to his marketing/consulting firm, Adex Management, Inc. Kruger took unspecified actions to benefit Kalish, Adex, and the third parties paying Adex.