Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger Surrenders To FBI


carl-krugerThe FBI says state Sen. Carl Kruger has surrendered in New York City, where his name has surfaced in an influence-peddling investigation.

FBI spokesman James Margolin had no further details. The FBI and federal prosecutors scheduled a news conference Thursday.
A person with knowledge of the case has told The Associated Press that the Brooklyn Democrat would be processed on an unspecified charge. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the case hadn’t been publicly announced.

Kruger didn’t respond to messages requesting comment. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined comment.

Last year, word surfaced that Kruger was at the center of a cash for favors corruption probe by the FBI and Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Investigators said Kruger helped businesses overcome bureaucratic hurdles in exchange for help with raising campaign money from the private sector.

A senator since 1994, Kruger was the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman from 2008 to 2010 when Democrats controlled the Senate.

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