After announcing twice on Monday that they were deadlocked, the jury has finally come back with a verdict in the corruption case against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo aide, Joseph Percoco.
Percoco, a former campaign manager and Cuomo family friend was charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, extortion, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, and payments of bribes.
He was convicted on a total of three counts, including conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud (2 counts) and solicitation of bribes and gratuities. He was found not guilty on the remainder of the charges.
He was one of four defendants in the case.
Lohud, part of the USA Today Networks explains the background on the charges:
Percoco, 48, of South Salem, Westchester County, is accused of collecting more than $300,000 in bribes from the co-defendants to help their companies with business before the state.
Prosecutors said he was struggling to pay for his $815,000 home and leaned on Todd Howe, a disgraced former lobbyist and one-time aide to Cuomo when he was federal housing secretary, to arrange payments from his clients to help make ends meet.
Peter Galbraith Kelly, a former vice president of Competitive Power Ventures, is accused of arranging a low-show job for Percoco’s wife that ended up paying her $280,000 over three years.
Kelly sought Percoco’s help with power plants they were building in Orange County and New Jersey.
Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, top executives at Cor Development, are accused of paying Percoco $35,000 through his wife for help with their redevelopment of Syracuse’s Inner Harbor and obtaining a raise for Aiello’s son, who worked for Cuomo.
Cor Development Co. executive Steven Aiello was also found guilty on one count of honest services wire fraud.
A sentencing date has not yet been released.