Joseph Percoco, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former prime aide and shut good friend, is on trial in Manhattan, accused of accepting greater than $315,000 in bribes. Listed here are the important thing gamers in his trial.
Jon Campbell / Albany Bureau
The beleaguered star witness within the federal corruption trial of an in depth aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo steered he hadn’t tried to defraud a bank card firm when he denied staying for an evening on the Waldorf Astoria.
That obvious deceit led Todd Howe to be incarcerated over the weekend for violating his cooperation settlement within the midst of his testimony towards Joseph Percoco and three upstate executives.
However when he returned to the stand Tuesday he was confronted with one other deception which will have escaped the discover of the federal government: A 2016 software for a $1.four million residence refinance on which he falsely claimed he was a associate of an Albany regulation agency.
Howe acknowledged that it is going to be an uphill battle now for him to get prosecutors to hunt leniency for the bribery and embezzlement that pressured him to cooperate, crimes that would land him in jail for as much as one hundred thirty years.
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When Daniel Gitner, the lawyer for Peter Galbraith Kelly, asked Howe if he was in more trouble today than ever before in his life, Howe was stoic.
“I’m in a whole lot of trouble altogether, yes counselor,” Howe replied.
Percoco, of South Salem, is accused of receiving more than $300,000 with Howe’s help from Competitive Power Ventures and Cor Development in exchange for helping the companies in their dealings with the state.
Kelly, a former CPV official, is accused of steering nearly $290,000 to Percoco’s wife for a “low-show” job so the governor’s aide would help the company win agreements from the state for its power plants in New York and New Jersey.
Cor Development’s Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi are accused of passing $35,000 to Percoco through Howe for help with the company’s redevelopment of Syracuse’s Inner Harbor and for a raise for Aiello’s son, who worked for the governor.
Howe pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010; he then spent more than six years diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in client payments to his Albany law firm to a secret firm account he had set up for his own personal use; and he faced years of court judgments and wage garnishments for his failure to repay loans and mortgages or cover even routine expenses.
He has pleaded guilty to eight felonies connected to the bribery scheme, his embezzlement from his firm and his failure to pay taxes on the stolen money.
His appearance Tuesday may have been the most anticipated fifth day of cross examination for any cooperating witness in federal court. But first it was delayed a day and a half because Gitner had the flu….