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Cuomo Aide’s Fraud Conviction to Get Supreme Court Consideration

June 30, 2022, 2:58 PM

The US Supreme Court will review the fraud conviction of a top aide to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and consider what actions can be criminally charged as public corruption.

In 2018, Joseph Percoco was convicted for taking bribes while he was working in the governor’s office and on Cuomo’s reelection campaign. He and others charged in similar schemes say their actions don’t rise to the level of honest services fraud.

The court Thursday announced plans to hear Percoco’s case and a related one.

In a string of cases, the justices have cut back on when prosecutors can bring charges against public officials and those around them for fraud, including overturning convictions of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and those involved in the New Jersey Bridgegate political scandal, involving then Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

The cases are Percoco v. United States, U.S., No. 21-1158 and Ciminelli v. United States, U.S., No. 21-1170.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson in Washington at krobinson@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Seth Stern at sstern@bloomberglaw.com; John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com