Melvin Lowe, a former consultant to NYS Senate Democrats, disgraced ex-Assemblywoman Gloria Davis, Bruce Ratner, among others*, was indicted in federal court today. This latest indictment is seen as a move by federal prosecutors to pressure the people surrounding Bklyn state Senator John Sampson and other pols. Stay tuned.
From Capital New York: In a complaint unsealed Tuesday alleges that Melvin Lowe, a Manhattan-based political consultant, defrauded Senate Democrats of $100,000 for non-existent campaign literature. The 12-page complaint says Lowe funneled the payments through a New Jersey-based company—which based on campaign finance disclosures appears to be Cornerstone Management Partners. The complaint says Cornerstone kept $5,000, directed $20,000 to another, unnamed political consultant and sent $75,000 to Lowe.
“Today’s Complaint alleges that New York’s culture of political corruption extends beyond elected officials to the relatively unknown professional political insiders who work behind the scenes to carry out corrupt schemes," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "Our investigation will continue and we will continue bringing to justice every corrupt official we find, as well as those who allegedly execute their unlawful plot."
[* a one-time acquaintance of this writer.]