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Politics: NY mogul with ties to lt. gov. faces campaign fraud charges

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A New York City real estate mogul with close ties to New York Lt . Gov . Brian Benjamin has been indicted for fraud and identity theft, part of an alleged scheme to conceal the source of contributions to Benjamin's failed campaign for city office. Manhattan federal prosecutors allege Gerald Migdol schemed for more than a year on behalf of "the campaign of a candidate for New York City Comptroller," ordering the collection of allegedly fraudulent Migdol, 71, faces charges of wire fraud , conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity theft. Attorney information was not immediately available.

A federal jury on Friday indicted a New York City real estate businessman on charges connected to an alleged campaign finance scheme involving a candidate running for comptroller. Migdol faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud , wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to misrepresent and conceal the sources of political campaign contributions. The indictment didn't name the candidate Migdol allegedly schemed on behalf of, but current Lt .

A New York real estate mogul with reported ties to Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin (D) was indicted this week on charges of fraud and identity theft.

NY mogul with ties to lt. gov. faces campaign fraud charges © Associated Press NY mogul with ties to lt. gov. faces campaign fraud charges

Gerald Migdol was accused by Manhattan federal prosecutors of scheming on behalf of "the campaign of a candidate for New York City Comptroller," according to a local NBC News station.

While prosecutors did not name Benjamin, who had a failed campaign for the office, sources close to the situation confirmed to NBC that the investigation was referring to the lieutenant governor.

Migdol allegedly ordered fraudulent contributions to be collected so that Benjamin could pocket public matching funds. He is also accused of reimbursing donors and submitting campaign donations from people who did not donate actual funds, NBC News reported.

Benjamin has previously selected Migdol as a nominee for multiple community awards.

Migdol is now facing wire fraud charges as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity theft charges, according to NBC News.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) selected Benjamin as her lieutenant governor in August after she took over for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who resigned amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

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