A criminal complaint said the principals in the scheme referred to bribes as “ziti.” The charges against Joseph Percoco and Todd R. Howe, former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and a state official, Alain Kaloyeros, were the culmination of a federal probe into the Cuomo administration’s attempts to lure jobs and businesses to upstate New York by furnishing billions of dollars to developers.
Federal prosecutors walked away from the case after the Supreme Court threw out McDonnell’s conviction for taking money from a nutritional supplement salesman. Charges against McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, also will be dismissed.
John Bills was convicted of masterminding one of the most brazen City Hall corruption cases in Chicago’s storied history of graft. He was kingpin of a vast bribery scheme linked to growing the city’s controversial $600 million network of red light cameras into the largest in the nation.
City workers in Opa-locka were pocketing utility cash “fines,” and friends of City Hall were getting free water. The scope of the corruption still is largely unexamined in the financial troubled Miami-Dade city.