Former Majority Leader Skelos, Son, Convicted Of Extortion

NEW YORK – Dean Skelos, former State Senate Majority Leader, and his son, Adam, have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges at a federal corruption trial.
Skelos was investigated for allegedly pressing wealthy businessmen into give his son”no-show” jobs paying approximately $300,000. Prosecutors argued the payments were actually bribes to gain favorable support for legislation in the business’ interests.
The defense said Skelos was just a father trying to help his son with employment and not bribes because Skelos never officially acted on behalf of the businesses.