New York, NY –
The corruption trial of former New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno begins today, in a federal courthouse in Albany. If convicted on all counts, the 79 year old former Senator could face up to 20 years in prison. Karen DeWitt reports.
REPORTER: Bruno is accused of stealing more than $3 million over a 15-year period through several fraudulent schemes. In one it's alleged the former Senate leader received kickbacks through what prosecutors say was a sham consulting business.
Prosecutors charge that Bruno also encouraged numerous labor unions to invest their pension funds through a brokerage in which the former Senator held a business interest. In exchange it's alleged Bruno insured they were treated favorably in legislation approved by the Senate and in winning state contracts.
Bruno says he's innocent and he's called the federal prosecutors' three year probe of his finances a fishing expedition. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.