NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer for a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told a jury that his client accepted no bribes.
Attorney Barry Bohrer said in the opening statement of a criminal trial Tuesday that longtime Cuomo confidante Joseph Percoco is wrongfully prosecuted.
He spoke after Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone said Percoco accepted over $300,000 in bribes to help corrupt businessmen.
Bohrer said the government built a case out of legitimate payments paid to Percoco and his wife for work that was done.
He says Percoco is being victimized by a former corrupt business partner who reached a deal to cooperate with prosecutors in return for leniency for his crimes.
Cuomo, a Democrat, has not been accused of wrongdoing and will probably not testify.