Former Cuomo Aide, 7 Others Charged in Corruption Scheme by U.S.

Richard Morvillo, Howe's lawyer, said his client "will testify truthfully if called upon".

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Thursday that a corruption case his office has brought against Alain Kaloyeros, considered the father of New York's nanotechnology industry, and Joseph Percoco, a longtime confidant of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is engineered for a legal world in which the definition of bribery has been narrowed by the nation's highest court.

The income the company provided to Percoco's wife supposedly helped the couple meet their mounting personal expenses.

LPCiminelli said in a statement that company officials "acted appropriately and legally" and will be vindicated.

Another prominent state official mentioned in the indictment is Alain Kaloyeros, the head of the State University of New York's (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute and a physicist entrusted by Cuomo to oversee high-tech development projects throughout New York State.

Subpoenas went out in September to SUNY Polytechnic, Columbia Development, and Fuller Road Management Corp., a SUNY nonprofit for which Kaloyeros served on the board until recently.

Kaloyeros was charged with related federal crimes earlier Thursday along with seven other people.

Columbia wound up being the only company that submitted a bid, though a contract was ultimately not awarded when the situation became public.

Kaloyeros was suspended without pay Thursday, Cuomo said.

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Neither Kaloyeros nor his attorney has returned messages seeking comment.

The main thrust of the case is that Cuomo's aides engaged in various unlawful activities as part of a broad effort to lure businesses to NY to improve the state's economy.

In the first, Percoco and his wife allegedly took $315,00 in bribes - some of it funneled through a shell company set up by Howe - from a real-estate developer and an energy firm looking for state money. prosecutors allege.

Percoco will plead not guilty, according to his attorney, Barry Bohrer.

Others charged include Todd Howe, who was once an aide to former Governor, the late Mario Cuomo, and upstate developers Steven Aiello of Syracuse and Louis Ciminelli of Buffalo.

A federal prosecutor says there are no allegations of wrongdoing by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose administration has been rocked by allegations that a former top aide solicited bribes.

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, began investigating the details of the "Buffalo Billion" plan after Governor Cuomo prematurely disbanded his anti-corruption initiative, the Moreland Commission.

According to state financial disclosures, Percoco also made as much as $125,000 by becoming a consultant for COR Development and CHA Consulting, two firms involved in Buffalo Billion and Nano. The New York Times reports that Howe has been cooperating with the investigation.

Addressing the press at his office in Lower Manhattan, the federal prosecutor asserted Cuomo's ex-deputy executive secretary Joseph Percoco was "on the take" and that "pervasive corruption and fraud" infested one of the governor's signature economic development programs.

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