Dem Lawmaker Caught on Tape Accepting Bribe, Admits It Is Illegal

During a corruption trial for his son, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., the elder Boyland was revealed to have taken a $3,000 bribe from an undercover agent and then asking “you know this is against the law, right?”

Being privy to that knowledge did not prevent Boyland Sr. – a former Assemblyman himself – from accepting a check that was later deposited to his son’s reelection campaign.

Via the Daily News:

Federal prosecutors put on the most powerful evidence so far in Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial to show the Brooklyn Democrat was for sale.

Special Agent Brian Getson, posing as a shady businessman seeking Boyland Jr.’s help in securing permits for a carnival in Brownsville, showed up at his district office with a blank check Feb. 17, 2011, and was ushered outside by William (Frank) Boyland Sr.

“Let’s step outside and you and I’ll take care of this,” whispered Boyland Sr., a former assemblyman himself, according to a recording of the encounter played in Brooklyn Federal Court Wednesday.

The elder Boyland asks, “How far can you go?” and the agent agrees to write a check for $3,000 leaving the payee line blank.

“All right, just legally, you know, you know this is against the law, right?” Boyland Sr. said.

Boyland Jr. is facing the possibility of 30 years in prison after having mail fraud charges tacked on in March.  That, in addition to bribery (he solicited an undercover FBI agent twice), extortion, and filing false claims.

Boyland was able to take a short break from his criminal trial preparation to attend President Obama’s inauguration last January, when he was granted special permission from a federal judge to do so.

Here’s hoping the President will be granted permission to visit Boyland in prison in the near future.

Governor Cuomo vowed to clean up the culture of corruption in Albany and New York politics.  Yet, we still have people like Boyland serving in the Assembly.

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