Former Hevesi Aide Arraigned on Corruption Charges

morrisbooked.jpgAfter scandal-plagued comptroller Alan Hevesi resigned in 2006, he got off light with a fine, a ban from office, and no jail time. But his consultant Hank Morris quickly fell under Andrew Cuomo's investigative eye for allegedly steering state pension fund contracts in return for "referral fees." Legal experts told the Times "it could be difficult to make a case against a political consultant moonlighting." Well, apparently a case was made, as Morris was arrested and arraigned today on 123 counts of enterprise corruption and other felonies, along with former deputy controller David Loglisci. Morris has also been a campaign consultant to other local Democratic heavyweights, including Chuck Schumer, who spoke mildly in defense of Morris in 2007: "He's a man of great, great intelligence and perception and I find him to be a person of integrity. But as for this investigation, I don't know the details." The two men pleaded not guilty.

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