The corruption probe into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cronies grows more complex and daunting every. After admitting last week to deceit and fraud in the Buffalo Billion Boondoggle, two more Cuomo associates’ homes were raided by FBI agents– evidencing an ever-widening federal investigation into Cuomo’s administration.
The New York Post reports:
The FBI raided the homes of two men close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the widening federal probe into Albany corruption, The Post has learned.
Agents carted off evidence from the Westchester home of former top Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and the Washington, D.C. – area home of lobbyist Todd Howe, who was fired last week after Cuomo’s office barred state officials from any contact with him, sources said.
A Manhattan federal judge approved search warrants for at least three locations, and the raids were carried out two weeks ago, a law enforcement source said.
The feds were able to secure the warrant for Howe’s out-of-state home by arguing that he conducted business within the Southern District of New York, which covers Manhattan, The Bronx and the northern suburbs, the source said.
Howe and Percoco, who in January began working as a top exec at Madison Square Garden,are at the center of a probe that Cuomo’s office has said involves “questions of improper lobbying and undisclosed conflicts of interest by some individuals which may have deceived state employees involved in the respective programs and may have defrauded the state.”
The New York Times reports that investigators are trying to determine whether Percoco and his wife received tens of thousands of dollars from a design and engineering firm involved in the Buffalo Billion project.
Authorities are investigating whether Mr. Percoco and his wife had received tens of thousands of dollars in income from a design and engineering company that worked on the project and failed to properly declare it, two of the people said. The company, according to a person familiar with the development program, worked on one of the main projects, a solar-panel factory for SolarCity, whose chairman is Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors.
Percoco, described as “hulking” in some media outlets, has long been Cuomo’s strong arm man. Percoco and Howe have longstanding ties to Cuomo and also worked for his late father, former governor Mario Cuomo.