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Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Bribing Former State Senator

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Richard Lipsky pled guilty Wednesday to two counts of bribing former New York State Senator Carl Kruger.

At the plea hearing, the 64-year-old Lipsky, who worked as a lobbyist, said he paid referral fees close to relations of Kruger knowing that Kruger would take action in the state senate that would benefit him.

The lobbyist placed the value of the actual bribes and the benefits he received between $120,000 and $200,000.

He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,00. He is scheduled to be sentence in May.

Last month, Kruger, 62, pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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