From the US Attorney Southern District of NY:
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that IGOR TSIMERMAN and ROSTISLAV BELYANSKY (“SLAVA”) were sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 24 and 18 months in prison, respectively, for conspiring to pay approximately $20,000 in bribes to New York State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in exchange for Stevenson’s official acts, including drafting, proposing, and agreeing to enact legislation that favored the bribers’ business interests. TSIMERMAN was also sentenced for conspiring to bribe former New York State Assembly member Nelson Castro. TSIMERMAN and SLAVA pleaded guilty in September 2013 before U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III, and were both sentenced today by Judge Pauley.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Igor Tsimerman and Rostislav Belyansky thought they could buy legislation to suit their business needs, but as these sentences show, the bribes they paid to Eric Stevenson only bought them a trip to federal prison.”
In addition to prison, TSIMERMAN, 47, of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and a 200 special assessment fee. SLAVA, 42, of Bronx, New York, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee.
Stevenson was convicted on January 13, 2014, of conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud, conspiring to commit federal programs bribery and to violate the Travel Act, committing federal programs bribery, and extortion under color of official right following a six-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska. Stevenson is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Preska on May 20, 2014.
Belyansky and Binman pled guilty in September 2013 to conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud in connection with their payment of bribes to Stevenson before Judge Pauley. They are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Pauley on February 6, 2014.
Mr. Bharara praised the work of the investigators from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the District Attorney’s Office for Bronx County.
This prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul M. Krieger and Brian A. Jacobs and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Pishoy Yacoub of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office are in charge of the prosecution.