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N.Y. State Senator Latest Lawmaker Charged With Corruption

New York State Senator John Sampson pleaded not guilty to embezzlement charges in the latest corruption case involving state politicians.

Sampson, a Democrat who represents southeastern Brooklyn, was accused today of stealing as much as $440,000 from foreclosure proceedings while acting as a court-appointed referee. He used some of the money to fund an unsuccessful campaign to become Kings County District Attorney in “one of the most extreme examples of political hubris that we have seen,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said at a news conference.