State Senator John Sampson turns himself in to FBI to face corruption charges

Posted at 11:41 AM, May 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-06 17:12:54-04
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Senator John Sampson has represented the 19th District in southeastern Brooklyn since 1997.

New York State Senator John Sampson from Brooklyn was charged Monday with embezzlement — among other crimes — according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Brooklyn senator has been charged with two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to the FBI.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced the charges against Sampson, saying, “The voters of New York State rightfully expect their elected officials to represent the voters’ interests, not to trade on their positions of power to line their own pockets.”

Lynch continued that the disgraced senator stole from New Yorkers “suffering from home foreclosure and from the very county he was elected to represent.”

One of Sampson’s former associates and New York State Senator Shirley Huntley recorded Sampson after the FBI revealed she herself had been recorded making shady deals.

Huntley pleaded guilty to mail fraud last year.

Prosecutors say the charges stem from an illegal loan Sampson took from the owner of a cargo company based out of JFK Airport.