Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether New York’s second-highest official was involved in an alleged scheme to funnel fraudulent donations to his 2021 campaign for New York City comptroller.
Prosecutors and the FBI have sent subpoenas to New York Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin’s campaign advisers and the state Senate as investigators dig into whether Benjamin knew of an alleged attempt to hide a number of illegal donations to his campaign, according to The New York Times.
Last year, federal prosecutors charged Manhattan real estate developer Gerald Migdol with crimes related to dozens of improper campaign donations.
Benjamin was not named in last years indictment; however, prosecutors have since issued subpoenas to Benjamin’s campaign committee, staffers, and advisers requesting information on how involved the current lieutenant governor was in the fundraising process, sources familiar with the subpoenas told The Times. Prosecutors have not accused Benjamin of any wrongdoing.
The New York Daily News first reported on prosecutor’s interest in Benjamin’s involvement last week. At the time, Benjamin’s office responded to the news with the same statement he issued last year after Migdol was indicted.
“Neither Lieutenant Governor Benjamin nor his campaign are being accused of any wrongdoing, and they are prepared to fully cooperate with authorities,” the statement said.
The investigation into the fraudulent campaign donations heats up as Benjamin and Gov. Kathy Hochul prepare for primary elections in June. Hochul rose to the governorship last year after former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid allegations he sexually harassed a number of his female staffers.
Hochul tapped Benjamin to join her administration as her second-in-command in August last year when he was serving as state senator for Harlem.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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