NEW YORK (AP) - Another New York lawmaker has run afoul of the law. State Sen. John Sampson was arrested on Monday in the latest corruption case brought by federal prosecutors.
Sen. Sampson has been indicted on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.
Sampson was a court-appointed referee to watch over escrow accounts for sales of foreclosed properties in Brooklyn. It's alleged he embezzled $440,000 between 1998 and 2008.
He's also accused of funneling funds into his failed campaign for Brooklyn DA.
"These allegations are deeply disturbing. The alleged activity represents an offensive violation of the public trust for which there is no place in our government," said Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "Senator Sampson has been stripped of his ranking positions and all committee assignments. He has also informed us that in order to avoid being a distraction to the conference he will no longer conference with the Senate Democrats."
The arrest came less than a week after prosecutors revealed that former Sen. Shirley Huntley made numerous secret recordings of other elected officials in a bid for leniency in her own corruption case.
In recent years, several elected officials in New York have been charged in bribery and other schemes.