Benjamin has been charged with a scheme that sought to funnel illegal donation to his campaign through bribery, fraud, and falsification of records.
Specifically, Benjamin is accused of attempting to direct funds from the state to a Brooklyn real estate developer in exchange for thousands of dollars in campaign donations.
All of this occurred when Benjamin was a state senator and not lieutenant governor.
“In so doing, Benjamin abused his authority as a New York State senator, engaging in a bribery scheme using public funds for his own corrupt purposes,” prosecutors charged in the indictment. The investor was arrested on federal charges in November.
The indictment — the result of an investigation by the F.B.I., U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the city’s Department of Investigation — also charged that Mr. Benjamin subsequently “engaged in a series of lies and deceptions to cover up the scheme,” including falsifying campaign donation forms, misleading New York City authorities and giving false information as part of a background check to become lieutenant governor last year.