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Feds indict son of No. 2 Senate Republican Libous on tax charges

ALBANY -- The son of the second-highest ranking Republican in New York’s state Senate was indicted Tuesday on tax charges related to a job prosecutors say he obtained from an unnamed “state official” and which involved payments from an Albany lobbying firm.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan announced the indictment of Matthew Libous, son of Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton), who has long been the deputy majority leader of the chamber.

The indictment accuses Matthew Libous of tax crimes. He is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. The indictment doesn’t mention Sen. Libous and the veteran senator isn’t charged.

The indictment of Matthew Libous states he obtained a job with a Westchester County law firm “pursuant to an arrangement negotiated on Libous’ behalf by a New York state elected official.”

The indictment says Matthew Libous’ salary was paid in part by an Albany lobbying firm.

There was no immediate comment from the senator.

"There was no quid pro quo arrangement with the law firm," the senator said in 2012. "I made no promises and nothing transpired between me or my office and the firm."

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