New York’s lieutenant governor, Democrat Brian Benjamin, was arrested after turning himself to federal authorities, who are charging him with crimes related to a campaign finance scheme last year before he was named second in command in the state, news outlets say.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District in Manhattan, according to The New York Times, which further notes that authorities accuse him of conspiring to steer state funds to a Harlem real estate investor in exchange for securing thousands of dollars in illegal contributions for his failed 2021 campaign for New York City comptroller.
The newspaper, citing sources familiar with the matter, further indicated that Benjamin will appear in federal court this afternoon for the official filing of the charges.
It recalled that the lieutenant governor and former state senator recently indicated that he had been cooperating with investigators, who had issued subpoenas in recent weeks to the Senate and individuals who had advised his campaign for comptroller.
Benjamin is the Democratic Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in the June primary.