State Lawmaker From Brooklyn Arrested on New Bribery Charges

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Democratic state lawmaker from Brooklyn has been arrested on bribery charges less than three weeks after being acquitted in another case.

Federal prosecutors say William Boyland Jr. allegedly accepted more than $250,000 in bribes, and he is expected to appear in court Tuesday. The Brooklyn lawmaker allegedly accepted more than $14,000 in bribes from a carnival promoter and two undercover FBI agents in exchange for help securing state approvals for their projects. 

In Boyland's alleged scheme, undercover agents were to buy a former hospital in his district, get state grants to renovate it and sell it to a non-profit that Boyland claimed to control.

"I got a middle guy by the way... I gotta stay clean... I gotta bag man," Boyland is quoted in the complaint telling an undercover agent.

Boyland's attorney, Richard Rosenberg, said he had would wait to see what the allegations are before commenting.

The authorities, from the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, say the alleged actions took place over the past two years.

Three weeks ago, a Manhattan jury found the Brooklyn Democrat not guilty of charges alleging he took a no-show job in exchange for doing political favors for a corrupt hospital executive.

Boyland's attorneys argued that money the Assemblyman received from a hospital was legitimate consulting fees instead of bribes.

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Comments [8]

john from office

I was responding to Give me a break from NJ. I was not excusing the behavior, but he was low hanging fruit, he made it easy to corner him.

Nov. 30 2011 02:48 PM

say this a joke just b/c is "low hanging fruit" is like saying let's not arrest folks for assault, b/c we need to focus on the murderers.

Nov. 30 2011 01:45 PM
john from office

Give me a break, He is low hanging fruit.

Nov. 30 2011 12:02 PM
Give me a break from NJ

Halliburton, "the corporation formerly run by VP Dick Cheney", is awarded Billions in no-bid contracts and this clown is who the U.S. Attorney spends years building a case against?
Kind of makes our justice system look like a carnival, huh?

Nov. 30 2011 11:36 AM
john from office

One hand washes the other. Chelsea Clinton had a no show job at Goldman Sachs right out of college and has gotten amazing job offers since then. Her husband, the son of a felon, has also had the road paved for him. I am saying that there are ways to get benefits from your political position, that don't involve money in a brown paper bag.

Nov. 30 2011 10:55 AM

huh? that's like saying it's corrupt to hire most harvard grads

Nov. 30 2011 10:35 AM
john from office

What I find interesting is how blatant he appears to be and how the office was in on the game. Other politicians are much more discrete as to what the form of the "bribe" is. Look at the Clintons daughter and the great jobs she has gotten since she graduated. I am not saying there was a crime, but favors are appriciated and favors are returned.

Nov. 30 2011 09:43 AM
PC from Hampton Roads

Good grief, a carnival? Not much needed housing or a medical facility or education structure, but a temporary venue for transient enjoyment.

It's bad enough he's crooked, but he's frivolous as well. If you're going violate the people's trust, at the very least let it be to some benefit to them.

Nov. 30 2011 09:18 AM

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