Lieutenant Governor Of New York Arrested

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Kathy Hochul’s Right-Hand Man Surrendered to Police

Brian Benjamin, the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of New York, has surrendered to police and is expected to face charges of campaign finance fraud.

Benjamin is scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan later today.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s office, as well as a spokesman for Benjamin, could not be reached for comment on the arrest right away.

Benjamin’s arrest comes after reports that federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the FBI were investigating whether he willfully participated in a campaign money crime conspiracy.

Previous Denials

Both the US attorney’s office and the FBI’s spokesperson have previously denied WNBC’s requests for comment on the Benjamin probe.

“Neither Lieutenant Governor Benjamin nor his campaign are being accused of any wrongdoing and they are prepared to fully cooperate with authorities,” the lieutenant governor’s office said at the time. “As soon as the campaign discovered that these contributions were improperly sourced, they donated them to the Campaign Finance Board, pursuant to guidance obtained from the CFB.”

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Rebecca Horvath
Rebecca Horvath
Rebecca Horvath is an editor and writer for NRN. For nearly a decade, Horvath wrote a regular Community Voices column for the Johnson City Press, where she was known to ruffle a few feathers. In 2018, she began writing for the National Federation of Republican Women, interviewing and profiling candidates such as Sen. Martha McSally and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Horvath also contributes to Net3d.home.blog.