Prosecutors say they're actively investigating eight of the nine unidentified people who were secretly recorded by a former New York state senator embroiled in a corruption scandal.
The prosecutors also indicated in court papers Tuesday that at least six of the people are elected officials.
The papers were filed after news reporters asked U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein to make the names public. The judge granted the request on Tuesday over the objections of prosecutors but gave them until Wednesday afternoon to appeal.
Shirley Huntley is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy last winter. The Queens Democrat admitted embezzling nearly $88,000 from a state-funded nonprofit she controlled.
The government revealed last week that she made the recordings in a bid for leniency.