NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state comptroller Alan Hevesi will have to spend time behind bars for his leading role in an influence-peddling scandal at the state's massive pension fund.
The Democrat was sentenced Friday to 1 to 4 years in prison.
71-year-old pleaded guilty in October to a felony corruption charge. He
admitted getting free travel and campaign contributions in exchange for
helping a financier get to manage a $250 million share of the pension
fund's investment dollars.
Hevesi was the highest-ranking state
official entangled in a sweeping probe of "pay-to-play" practices at the
$141 billion pension fund.
Hevesi resigned in 2006 after pleading
guilty to a felony for using state workers to chauffeur his wife. The
pension case emerged after he left office.