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Ex-US Senator will be re-tried for corruption

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The corruption case of Dean Skelos, an ex-member of the New York state Senate, and his son will be retried in the Federal court of Manhattan. Earlier, the ex-Senator was tried and convicted of fraud, but the court acquitted him on appeal.

This week, ex-Senator Dean Skelos is again waiting in court: a new trial was initiated by a Supreme court decision that made changes in the handling of corruption cases in cases of bribery and extortion,
reports The New York post.

In 2015, Skelos’s father and son were found guilty of a number of corruption-related crimes. Federal prosecutors have charged that Skelos Sr. organized a fraudulent scheme: he extorted money from one of the firms involved in the construction and sale of real estate on long island, as well as another firm from Arizona.

Moreover, Senator Skelos became the organizer of the insurance company, which allegedly employed his son, but he never appeared at work, but only received a salary. Total payments for fictitious work amounted to about 300 thousand dollars. In 2016, the court sentenced his father to five years in prison and his son to 6.5 years in prison. During the sentencing both defendants apologized for their actions and even said that they were “extremely ashamed”. However, the court of appeal subsequently reversed the verdict. In the near future, the Senator expects a review of his case.