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Feds: Lawmaker lied, embezzled

Sampson pleads not guilty in corruption probe

N.Y. State Sen. John Sampson, center, stands next to his attorney Zachary Carter, who listens during a press briefing on Monday in New York. Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to Sen. John Sampson, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Tom Hays)
N.Y. State Sen. John Sampson, center, stands next to his attorney Zachary Carter, who listens during a press briefing on Monday in New York. Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to Sen. John Sampson, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Tom Hays)
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A prominent New York state senator pleaded not guilty on Monday to embezzlement and other charges alleging he brazenly tried to sabotage a federal fraud investigation of his law practice by seeking inside information from an employee of the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office. Sen. John Sampson told the employee — who has since been fired — that he wanted to identify cooperators in his case so he could arrange to “take them out,” prosecutors said ...

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