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New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin arrested in campaign finance scheme

New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin arrested in campaign finance scheme | 12 April 2022 | New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendered to federal authorities Tuesday morning to face bribery conspiracy charges tied to an alleged campaign finance scheme that dates back to his days as a state senator. Benjamin, who Gov. Kathy Hochul chose in August as her No. 2 and running mate for this year's election, is accused of funneling phony campaign contributions to his unsuccessful city comptroller campaign, in a scheme that a top prosecutor called "plain and simple" bribery. During a press conference, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams labeled Benjamin's actions "a simple story of corruption."