Ex-Bronx State Assemblyman Gets Prison

Former assemblyman Eric Stevenson was also ordered to forfeit $22,000

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  |  Updated 4:22 PM EDT
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NY State Assemblyman Accused of Taking Bribes

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Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in court April 4, 2013.

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NY State Assemblyman Accused of Taking Bribes

A New York state assemblyman from the Bronx has been arrested and accused of taking bribes in exchange for help he gave to several businessmen who were trying to open an adult day care center for the elderly and disabled, prosecutors say. Chief investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst reports.
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A former Democratic Bronx state assemblyman convicted of accepting $22,000 in bribes from businessmen in 2012 and 2013 has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Eric Stevenson was sentenced Wednesday.

Federal Judge Loretta Preska also ordered him to forfeit $22,000.

Attorney Murray Richman says Stevenson was struggling financially when businessmen offered him bribes representing about a third of his income.

Prosecutors say Stevenson deserved a serious sentence, in part, because it appears he never lived in the district that he served when he was running for office. They say he betrayed the public by taking bribes.

A jury in January found he accepted cash bribes to protect a new adult center in his district from competitors.

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