MANHATTAN (CN) – New York Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of using a consulting company as a front to conceal more than $500,000 in corrupt payments from entities that had dealings with the state. Seminerio has represented the 38th Assembly District, in Queens, since 1978. Before that he was a jail guard.
Seminerio is accused of theft of honest services by using Marc Consultants to solicit and receive “consulting” payments from entities having official business with the state. One hospital allegedly paid Seminerio $310,000 through Marc Consultants. A Medicaid-managed health care plan affiliated with the hospital allegedly paid him $80,000.
The FBI collected information on Seminerio through court-authorized wiretaps, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Then it used an undercover agent who bribed Seminerio with $25,000 through Marc Consultants, prosecutors said.