Star witness in bribery trial of former Cuomo aide arrested

Posted at 12:47 PM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 12:47:50-05

The government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aid to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been arrested. 

The arrest of Todd Howe came after he admitted Thursday during testimony that he violated the terms of his plea deal in the case against former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and others. 

A judge signed an order Thursday saying the government notified him that the revocation of Howe's bail was appropriate at this time. 

Howe testified since Monday, supporting the government's claims Percoco accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from three businessmen in exchange for helping them with the state. 

Howe admitted on Thursday he breached his plea deal by trying to get a hotel room charge taken off his credit card bill. 

His lawyer declined to comment. 

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