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NY State Senator Admits Taking $500K in Bribes

MANHATTAN (CN) - State Senator Carl Kruger, the chairman of the New York Senate's Finance Committee, pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking nearly $500,000 in bribes in exchange for his official actions.

The corrupt payments to Kruger were sent to bank accounts controlled by Michael Turano, a Manhattan gynecologist who also pleaded guilty Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Kruger, 62, of Brooklyn, has represented the state's 27th District since 1994. He pleaded guilty to two counts of honest services and fraud and two counts of conspiring to commit bribery. Turano, 50, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit bribery.

Each count of honest services fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The conspiracy counts are punishable by 5 years and similar fines.

Kruger and Turano were originally charged on March 10, with six others, Richard Lipsky; Solomon Kalish; David Rosen, the former CEO of MediSys Health Network;

Robert Aquino, the former CEO of Parkway Hospital; real estate developer Aaron Malinsky, and New York Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.

Rosen, 64, of Harrison, N.Y., was convicted in a bench trial and will be sentenced on Jan. 6, 2012.

Boyland, 42, of Brooklyn, was acquitted in a jury trial in November.

Malinsky, 63, of New York City, got a deferred prosecution agreement.

Lipsky, 64, of New York City, and Aquino, 54, of Glen Head, are scheduled for a trial that begins on Jan. 17, 2012. Kalish will be tried separately in May 2012.

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