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.

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