New York Lt. Gov. Benjamin arrested for campaign finance fraud

New York Lt. Gov. Benjamin arrested for campaign finance fraud

New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has been arrested for campaign finance fraud

According to a report on Tuesday April 12, 2022, Benjamin surrendered himself to authorities to face campaign finance fraud-related charges in connection with a past campaign.

"Benjamin is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday.

"His arrest comes after reports that Manhattan federal prosecutors and the FBI were investigating whether Benjamin knowingly engaged in a campaign finance fraud scheme," the report says.

It adds, "Subpoenas were issued in connection with the investigation, two sources familiar with the subpoenas said at the time.

"The investigators also looked into whether Benjamin helped dole out state money to contributors and/or their projects as part of the alleged fraud."

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney and a spokesman for the FBI both previously declined WNBC requests for comment regarding the investigation into Benjamin.  

Benjamin was appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Kathy Hochul in 2021, shortly after losing a primary bid for New York City comptroller. 

He previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30, which is made up of Harlem, East Harlem (El Barrio), the Upper West Side, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Morningside Heights.