In a five-count criminal complaint outlining the charges, Mr. Silver is accused of “using the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.”
He is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and extortion.
The complaint maintains that for more than a decade, Mr. Silver devised a scheme “to induce real estate developers with business before the state” to use a real estate law firm controlled by a lawyer who had once worked as Mr. Silver’s counsel who orchestrated payments to the speaker for referrals to the firm.
The complaint said that “there is probable cause to believe that Silver received approximately $4 million in payments characterized as attorney referral fees solely through the corrupt use of his official position.”
Prosecutors, according to the complaint, said that Mr. Silver did essentially no work for the payments.
Prosecutors seized approximately $3.8 million of Mr. Silver’s money on Thursday morning.
And let's not forget the Feds were tipped off after Gov. Cuomo disbanded in last March the state's anti-corruption commission that he created to fight exactly this type of thing. Silver needs to resign, just as much as Michael Grimm did after his tax evasion nonsense. I'd say Silver's alleged crimes are a lot worse.