Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland, who just beat a corruption rap, was arrested today on other charges that he sought and accepted bribes from two undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agents posing as real estate developers, the Associated Press reported. The lawmaker allegedly solicited more than $250,000 in bribes in exchange for his political favors.
Boyland was caught on tape in April offering make a deal with two undercover agents, agreeing to buy a hospital in his district, which spans Ocean Hill and Brownsville, at a discount and secure state funds for a renovation if they paid him, the criminal complaint charges.
Boyland allegedly told the agents that the transaction must remain secret.
“I got a middle guy, by the way. … I gotta stay clean. … I got a bag man,” the complaint quotes him as saying.
Earlier this month, a Manhattan jury found Boyland not guilty of charges that he solicited bribes from a health care organization. [Associated Press]