Former Cuomo aide found guilty in corruption case

Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 13, 2018

A longtime aide of Governor Andrew Cuomo has been convicted on federal corruption charges.

A federal jury found Joe Percoco guilty of three counts, including conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and solicitation of bribes and gratuities.

Percoco was acquitted of extortion.

Governor Cuomo has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Gov. Cuomo provided this statement:

"The jury has reached a verdict and I respect that decision. While I am sad for Joe Percoco's young daughters who will have to deal with this pain, I echo the message of the verdict - there is no tolerance for any violation of the public trust. "There is no higher calling than public service and integrity is paramount - principles that have guided my work during the last 40 years. "The verdict demonstrated that these ideals have been violated by someone I knew for a long time. That is personally painful; however, we must learn from what happened and put additional safeguards in place to secure the public trust. Anything less is unacceptable."

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