Former Upstate New York Democratic Party Chair Indicted for Bribery Scheme

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A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against a former Erie County, New York Democratic party chair for bribing a New York State supreme court justice.

G. Steven Pigeon, 56, was charged with conspiracy, fraud, and bribery for allegedly promising employment for a member of former judge John Michalek’s immediate family with the 2012 campaign to reelect President Barack Obama. He is also accused of offering to help the same family member obtain employment with the U.S. State Department. In return, Michalek agreed to help Pigeon with favorable judicial decisions.

Michalek resigned last year and pleaded guilty to receiving bribes from Pigeon. He also agreed to become a witness against Pigeon.

If convicted, Pigeon faces up to 20 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty.

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