Legal bill for convicted lawmaker could fall to taxpayers

Sep 23, 2017

New York State taxpayers could find themselves paying $700,000 in legal fees for a convicted Albany lawmaker.

Former Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous was convicted in 2015 on a felony charge of lying to the FBI. Libous was investigated for using his office in landing his son with a downstate law firm and for shady financial arrangements to cover his son's salary.

State Capitol in Albany
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Libous, who had cancer, died while an appeal was filed. This forced the state to dismiss the charge, likely leaving taxpayers to foot the legal bill.