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Bruno indicted on bribery, kickback charges

ALBANY –- Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno was reindicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges, two years after his conviction in a similar case was set aside after the U.S. Supreme Court restricted prosecutions involving the "honest services" law.

Bruno appeared at a federal courthouse in Albany today, and his attorneys vowed a vigorous defense.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Bruno defrauded the state of his "honest services" by accepting bribes and kickbacks totaling $440,000 from an Albany-area businessman.

"We look forward to having an impartial jury consider this superceding indictment and the evidence in this case as soon as possible," said U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

The complaint against Bruno, 83, includes allegations of payments "disguised" as consulting deals and $80,000 for a largely worthless horse sold through Bruno's breeding sideline business.

--Tom Precious

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