Recent court filings in a corruption case that includes South Salem resident Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, indicate the government is using a host of tactics to collect a voluminous amount of evidence, according to the timesunion.com.
A 511-page motion filed last week by an attorney for one of the defendants, Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli, showed the government has used warrants to collect everything from emails and bank records to phone and text records, said the timesunion.com.
Percoco is accused of taking more than $315,000 between 2012 and 2016 in return for taking official state action to benefit CPV and COR Development, a Syracuse-based real estate developer that received several large state economic development projects.
Some of the items seized in the government's case against Percoco include:
- Bank records of the firm GFI Mortgage Bankers, who gave Percoco a generous short-term loan.
- Records from the Guardhill Financial Corp. for loans made to Percoco.
- Phone records for a landline number that once belonged to Seth Agata, a former first assistant counsel in Cuomo's office. In the federal complaint, Percoco is said to have sought an opinion from an unnamed "assistant counsel" in Cuomo's office regarding his ability to work in the private sector while on leave from his government job.
The charges against Percoco, the former executive deputy secretary to Cuomo, stem from two separate but overlapping schemes involving bribery, corruption, and fraud in the award of hundreds of millions of dollars in New York State contracts and other official state actions, the federal complaint against him alleges.
The trial against Percoco is set for October.