(John Del Signore) A prominent state Senator is the latest local politician caught in a Federal investigation into Albany corruption. Democratic Senator John Sampson, whose district includes Canarsie and East New York, will surrender to prosecutors today, according to reports in the New York Times and NY Post. The charges stem from wiretap recordings made by another disgraced politician, former state Senator Shirley L. Huntley of Queens, who pleaded guilty to siphoning more than $87,000 in taxpayer money from a nonprofit called Parents Information Network and using the loot for lavish shopping trips.
Sampson is expected to be charged with obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say that last year Sampson approached Huntley on behalf of a cargo company at JFK Airport that wanted to lease more space. In exchange for a $1,000 bribe, Huntley arranged a meeting between the company's reps and Port Authority officials. Sources tell the Daily News that investigators are also looking into a $100,000 “loan” to Sampson from one of his legal clients, Queens businessman Edul Ahmad, who faces mortgage fraud charges.
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