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NY senator arrested in federal corruption probe

May 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- A New York state senator was arrested Monday in connection with a probe of corruption by public officials, an FBI official says.

Sen. John Sampson turned himself in after telling his staff during the weekend he would surrender to federal officials, the New York Post reported.

Authorities revealed last week that a state senator, later identified as Sampson, had been heard on wiretaps arranging an illicit deal with former Democratic state Sen. Shirley Huntley and a cargo company at John F. Kennedy International Airport in March of last year.

Sampson allegedly offered Huntley a $1,000 bribe to intercede with the Port Authority for more rental space for the cargo company.

Huntley, 74, has pleaded guilty to funneling more than $74,000 in taxpayer money to a nonprofit organization she headed and using the money on lavish shopping trips.

Sampson has been under scrutiny for his involvement with Edul Ahmad, a Queens real estate broker, The New York Times reported. Ahmad pleaded guilty to a mortgage fraud scheme in October in federal court.

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