July 2, 2014
Binghamton-area State Senator Thomas Libous has been indicted by a grand jury in New York for allegedly lying to federal agents.
The indictment unsealed Tuesday says Libous made false and fraudulent statements to FBI agents investigating the circumstances of his son’s hiring by a law firm in Westchester County.
According to court documents, Libous was under investigation for guaranteeing that he would steer future business to the law firm in exchange for a job for his son and convincing an Albany lobbying firm to cover a $50,000 raise for his son with a direct payment to the law firm.
Libous is the deputy majority leader in the New York State Senate, making him the number two Republican in the Senate. The investigation into Libous by both the FBI and the IRS began in 2010 and the indictment accuses Libous of making false statements as part of that investigation, including that he could not remember how his son got the job, that he had no relationship with the law firm and that he did not know of any relationship between the lobbying firm and law firm.
Libous plead not guilty in court in federal court in Westchester County on Tuesday.