Former Assemblyman Eric Stevenson Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court For Taking More Than $20,000 In Bribes In Exchange For Proposing Legislation And Performing Other Official Acts


Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “In shameless pursuit of profit, Eric Stevenson took bribes and put his own personal interests before those of his constituents. Now instead of serving the public he will be serving time behind prison walls. I’d like to thank our partners at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for their collaborative efforts in exposing this corruption and successfully prosecuting this case.”

Bronx County District Attorney Robert T. Johnson said: “The betrayal of public trust is one of the most serious matters this office must confront. Stevenson’s crimes were not only that, but he also sought to deny services to a vulnerable population, the elderly. We thank the U.S. Attorney’s office for its diligent work in bringing a measure of justice. Together we will continue to trumpet the message that there is no place in New York for dishonest public officials.”

In addition to the prison term, STEVENSON, 47, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $22,000 in forfeiture and a $400 special assessment fee.

During the sentencing proceeding, Judge Preska said that STEVENSON’s conduct amounted to a “betrayal of the responsibility bestowed on a public official by his constituents” because he engaged in “selling the core function of a legislator for his own self-aggrandizement.”

Igor Belyansky, Rostislav Belyansky, Tsimerman, and Binman all pled guilty in September 2013 to conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud in connection with their payment of bribes to Stevenson before the Honorable William H. Pauley III. On January 24, 2014, Judge Pauley sentenced Tsimerman to two years in prison and Rostislav Belyansky to 18 months in prison. On February 6, 2014, Judge Pauley sentenced Igor Belyansky to 20 months in prison and Binman to nine months in prison.

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.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/May14/StevensonSentencingPR.php

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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