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Federal indictment against Wormuth

By Justin Mason
Friday, October 18, 2013

A two-count felony indictment against Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albany.

The indictment accuses Wormuth of accepting $7,000 in cash from promoters so that she would use her influence to advocate for the legalization of mixed martial arts competitions in New York. A copy of the indictment is available below.

In the federal case, Wormuth is accused of using town letterhead to contact state legislators in support of mixed martial arts and then receiving three separate payments that were characterized as consultant fees. When confronted by federal investigators, Wormuth allegedly told them she had consulted with a Saratoga County town justice — identified as “K.T.” in the indictment — to obtain approval for her actions before taking the payments.

Wormuth pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of extortion and making a false statement during her afternoon arraignment. Under the extortion charge alone, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines.

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