NEW YORK – NY State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam are expected to be arrested next week on federal corruption charges, the New York Times reported.
The charges, expected to be enumerated in a criminal complaint, likely will include conspiracy, and extortion and solicitation of bribes.
The senator and his son have been a focal point of a federal probe that looked into numerous matters, the Times reported, including the son’s business dealings.
Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges next week, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The expected arrests, coming roughly three months after federal bribery and kickback charges led Assemblyman Sheldon Silver to step down as speaker, would signal an extension of the investigation into allegations of political corruption in Albany, and would almost certainly further upend the legislative session.
It is not known if Mr. Skelos, a Republican from Long Island who was first elected to the Senate in 1984, will resign his leadership post as did Mr. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, but he is sure to face questions about his ability to lead the chamber in light of his expected arrest.
Prosecutors have targeted a contract that a small environmental company based in Arizona was awarded by Nassau County, Skelos’ political territory, even though its proposal did not have the lowest price among those submitted to the county, the Times reported. The company, AbTech Industries, had hired Adam Skelos as a consultant. Prosecutors have also focused on a $20,000 payment that a title insurance company, American Land Services, the Times reported, made to Adam Skelos, even though he never worked for the company.
Federal authorities have been seeking to determine, the Times reported, whether Senator Skelos exerted any influence in matters involving AbTech, some of the people have said. Investigators have also been reviewing whether AbTech’s hiring of the younger Skelos was part of a scheme in which the senator would in exchange take official action to benefit AbTech or another company, Glenwood Management, a politically influential real estate developer that has had ties to AbTech.