Tuesday, April 12, 2011
FBI listened in on 30,000 phone calls during state Sen. Carl Kruger corruption investigation
Determined to nail state Sen. Carl Kruger, the FBI intercepted a mind-boggling 30,000 calls during the corruption investigation, it was disclosed Monday.
Manhattan federal prosecutors said they amassed 100,000 pages of documents during the probe, which culminated in the arrest of Kruger, fellow Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman William Boyland and six others on corruption charges.
Prosecutors said Kruger often spoke cryptically, at one point, warning his co-defendant, lobbyist Richard Lipsky that he was "anti-mail ... emails are never innocuous ... even the weather report."
The FBI complaint offered snippets of the wiretap evidence, quoting conversations Kruger had with his "intimate associate" Michael Turano, a gynecologist who was among those indicted.
The disclosure of the prosecution's avalanche of evidence comes ahead of Tuesday's arraignment on an 11-count bribery-corruption indictment.
Kruger plans to plead not guilty to taking $1 million in payoffs to help a developer, a lobbyist and two hospital execs.