Just three weeks after being acquitted of corruption charges, Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was charged Tuesday with accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and seeking more than $250,000 more from undercover FBI agents, the U.S. Attorney's office said yesterday. One of the alleged deals came after Boyland had been charged with bribery.
According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, Boyland, 41, sought and accepted bribes from a carnival promoter working with authorities, along with two undercover FBI agents - who he thought were out-of-state businessmen and real estate developers - in exchange for his promises to secure leases, permits and other governmental assistance.
The level of corruption, said U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, is "staggering."
"The defendant had a strong political legacy, the trust of his community and the privilege of serving it," Lynch said. "Not content with these many benefits, the defendant is alleged to have auctioned the power of his seat in the Assembly to the highest bidder, for his own personal gain."
In one example of the alleged kickback scheme, Boyland, a Democrat representing parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, took a bribe of more than $7,000 from an undercover FBI agent after he was charged in a separate bribery case in March, officials said.
Weeks later, on April 29, prosecutors said Boyland sought a $250,000 payment from two undercover FBI agents in a scheme to award state grants to renovate a hospital and then flip it for $15 million to a nonprofit organization purportedly under Boyland's control.
Boyland's attorney, Michael Bachrach, said his client will plead not guilty and intends to defend himself "vigorously" against the charges.
The assemblyman faced charges in March from an investigation into former hospital executive David Rosen, who allegedly tried to pay off Boyland and two other New York lawmakers to help support medical facilities in Brooklyn and Queens.
Boyland was acquitted on all charges and said he intended to get back to work in the New York Assembly.