In an Indictment filed on May 28, 2015 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the New York State Senate Majority Leader/President Pro Tem of the New York Senate (up until three weeks ago, that is), and his son, it is alleged that the defendants engaged in illegal activities to influence the official activities of the former state senator by arranging a no-show job for the son at a New York medical malpractice insurance company and by receiving payments described as “bribes” and “gratuities,” among other alleged criminal activities, including engaging in criminal conspiracies and extortion.
The Indictment alleges that from in or about 2010 through in or about 2015, in exchange for the illegal payments to his son and to ensure that the payments would continue, the former state senator used his official position to take numerous actions as the opportunities arose under the color of his official authority and in his official capacity as an elected legislator and as Co-Majority Coalition Leader, Majority Leader and President Pro Tem of the New York State Senate.
Among the various illegal activities that the Indictment charges is that the defendants engaged in a corrupt scheme to monetize the ex-senator’s position to obtain for his son hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, gratuities, and extortion payments from campaign donors to the ex-senator and/or companies with business before the State of New York. Included in the alleged illegal activities was over $100,000 in payments and health benefits from a medical malpractice insurer who provided the son with a no-show job while actively lobbying the ex-senator on legislative matters.
The six-count Indictment charges the defendants with Conspiracy to Commit Extortion Under Color of Official Right, Conspiracy to Commit Honest Services Fraud, Extortion Under Color of Official Right (with regard to a real estate development firm), Extortion Under Color of Official Right (with regard to an environmental technology company), Solicitation of Bribes and Gratuities (with regard to the real estate development firm), and Solicitation of Bribes and Gratuities (with regard to the environmental technology company). The Indictment seeks forfeiture of all property which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the offenses alleged in the Indictment.
Source United States of America v. Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos, 15 Crim 317.
The serious and eye-popping allegation in the federal Indictment that a medical malpractice insurer in New York hired the son of the highest-ranked state senator who wielded enormous influence over state contracts and state legislation involving medical malpractice issues of financial importance to medical malpractice insurers in the state, for a no-show position, should raise serious ethical issues and major concerns regarding improper influence over state legislation involving medical malpractice issues.
The allegation that the ex-senator’s son was paid in excess of $100,000 in actual payments and health benefits for a no-show job with the medical malpractice insurer, if proven to be true, is a slap-in-the-face reminder to victims of medical malpractice in New York and throughout the United States that medical malpractice insurance companies wield enormous power and influence in the medical malpractice tort reform fight that places their profits over people.
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