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Gov. Cuomo's Ex-Aide Indicted in Federal Fraud Case

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    Gov. Cuomo's Ex-Aide Indicted in Federal Fraud Case
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    What to Know

    • An attorney for Joseph Percoco, Cuomo's former executive deputy secretary, says his client is innocent

    • He resigned as Cuomo's executive deputy in 2014 to lead Cuomo's re-election campaign, rejoined the team and quit again in 2015

    • According to state financial disclosures, Percoco made as much as $125,000 by becoming a consultant for COR Development and CHA Consulting

    A former top adviser for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven other people have been indicted in their federal corruption case.

    The indictment was unsealed Tuesday in New York City. It charges Joseph Percoco and his co-defendants with crimes including fraud conspiracy, bribery and extortion.

    The case's most serious allegations are against Percoco, formerly Cuomo's executive deputy secretary and one of his most loyal advisers.

    A criminal complaint from September alleges Percoco took more than $315,000 in bribes from 2012 through 2016 from Syracuse-based COR Development and Competitive Power Ventures, an energy company looking to build a power plant in the Hudson Valley.

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    A former top adviser who Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo once likened to a brother was among eight men arrested Thursday in a bribery and fraud case that threatens to tarnish Cuomo's efforts to spur the upstate economy and darken a reputation that until now has been spared from a federal prosecutor's anti-corruption crusade. Melissa Russo reports.
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    Percoco's attorney hasn't returned a message seeking comment. No arraignment date has been set.

    Cuomo hasn't been accused of wrongdoing in connection with the case.

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