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State Senator Carl Kruger Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges, Resigns
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
An emotional state Senator Carl Kruger pleaded guilty to four federal corruption charges in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.
Kruger, who teared up in the courtroom, pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts and two counts citing Travel Act violations. The Brooklyn Democrat who represented Flatbush, Mill Basin and Coney Island since 1994, resigned his seat prior to his court appearance.
He agreed not to appeal any prison sentence up to 11 years and three months.
"My actions were in violation of the law, and I knew that they were wrong," Kruger said. "I accept responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry for my conduct."
Prosecutors say Kruger sold his political clout and connections for nearly $1 million to a lobbyist, a developer and three health care providers who were seeking to buy publicly owned hospitals.
He appeared before judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan federal district court Tuesday afternoon.
His sentencing was set for April 26.
KRUGER'S RESIGNATION LETTER