New York Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin was arrested on Tuesday in a federal corruption investigation, AP reported.
According to NBC New York, Brian Benjamin turned himself in on Tuesday on charges related to a past campaign finance fraud scheme when he was running for city comptroller.
New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has surrendered to authorities to face campaign finance fraud-related charges in connection with a past campaign, two people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
Benjamin is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the arrest, nor could a representative for Benjamin.
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.
Benjamin is facing charges of bribery, fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records, AP reported.
The US Attorney from the Southern District of New York will be making a statement later Tuesday.
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