Four more sentenced in Troy ballot fraud case
Another chapter of the ongoing ballot fraud case in Troy closed as four men convicted to the scheme learn their fate in court. YNN's Lori Chung reports.
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TROY, N.Y. -- "I would like to apologize to the residents of the City of Troy."
Remorse from former Troy City Councilman John Brown, set to spend six months in jail for his role in the plot to steal the Working Families Party line in 2009 by democrats.
Former Troy City Clerk Bill McInerney will spend 90 days in a work order program. Anthony DeFiglio and Anthony Renna will get community service. All took plea deals on forgery related charges in exchange for their testimony in the cases against fellow democrats Michael LoPorto and Edward McDonough. Both were acquitted.
"When the game gets out of hand and the rules get broken and forgery is committed and crimes are committed, somebody has to step in and has to prosecute," said Special Prosecutor Trey Smith.
These aren’t the only convictions in the exposed scheme. There are still two pending cases against former City Council President Clem Campana and Troy Councilman Gary Galuski, though special prosecutor Trey Smith wouldn’t say if they’ll make it to trial.
Smith said, "If you look at the cost of this prosecution in terms of the amount of time that anyone is going to do, is it worth it? Absolutely not,. That's not the question, the question is is democracy worth it?"
Smith also pointed out that county leaders should have done more to investigate the case before it got out of hand, though he declined to name any one leader specifically.