Brian Benjamin arrested on bribery scam
New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin was arrested on charges related to a campaign finance fraud investigation, officials announced Tuesday.
Benjamin surrendered to authorities and appeared before a federal judge in New York City on Tuesday.
His arrest comes after reports that Manhattan federal prosecutors and the FBI were investigating whether Benjamin knowingly engaged in a campaign finance fraud scheme.
They were also looking into whether Benjamin, in exchange, helped distribute state money to contributors and their projects.
Benjamin obtained a $50,000 state grant for the developer's business, although the money was never delivered, the indictment states.
The developer also allegedly gave Benjamin a third check for $5,000 in the name of a limited liability company owned by the developer.