Ex-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi to be released from prison

Ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted Ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted parole after serving 19 months following an influence-peddling scheme involving the state pension fund. (April 16, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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ALBANY -- Ex-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi will be released from prison Wednesday after serving 20 months following an influence-peddling scheme involving the state pension fund, correction officials announced.

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Hevesi, 72, will walk out of Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida County at 8 a.m.

He is expected to head directly to Queens, where he will live with his son Andrew, a Democratic assemblyman from Queens, and his son's family. Hevesi, like all parolees, must contact a local parole office within 24 hours of release.

Last month, the state Parole Board granted him an early release, noting he had served "significant time" beyond his minimum sentence of 1 year and did not pose a probable risk to the safety of the community.

Hevesi was convicted in the investigation of "pay to play" practices when he served as comptroller -- the state's chief auditor and manager of New York's public-employee pension fund -- from 2003-06. He was serving a 1- to 4-year sentence for "receiving reward for official misconduct." He will remain on parole until April 14, 2015.

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