Former Cuomo aide Percoco, COR's Aiello found guilty in corruption case

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been convicted on three felony corruption charges. Still, Percoco was convicted of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and solicitation of bribes and gratuities.

The jury deliberated roughly 40 hours since March 1 to reach its verdict.

He was found not guilty of extortion.

The federal jury also acquitted Joseph Percoco on three of the six counts against him in the hotly-anticipated prosecution.

Percoco was one of four defendants in the case. Prosecutors made much of Percoco's use of the word "ziti" in emails to claim he knew he was accepting bribes.

The panel had twice previously said it was deadlocked, with the first indication coming in a March 6 note that said: "The only thing we seem to agree on is that we can not agree".

Kelly was accused of arranging a low-show job for Percoco's wife that ended up paying her $280,000 over three years and seeking Percoco's help with power plants they were building in Orange County and New Jersey.

COR Attorney Joseph Gerardi was found not guilty.

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