Smith, a Democrat from Queens not to be confused with the Seahawks player, was initially arrested in 2013 along with a GOP councilman on multiple counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion. According to NBC New York, Smith had schemed to flip sides and run as a Republican for mayor of New York City, a move that required approval from three GOP leaders. Smith managed to pay two county chairmen tens of thousands of dollars before his arrest.
The FBI complaint about his arrest indicated that Smith openly boasted about his scheme, telling an undercover agent that he was “the best thing since sliced bread”, possibly “better than sliced bread.”
This marks the second high-profile bagging of a corrupt New York politician in weeks, with state assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver forced to step down from his position after being charged with corruption.
[NBC New York]
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