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State senator and his son charged with federal crimes

WHITE PLAINS – A federal grand jury sitting in White Plains on Tuesday indicted State Senator Thomas Libous, 61, of Binghamton and his son, Matthew, 32, who worked at a Westchester County law firm in early 2006.

Senator Libous was charged with making false statements to the FBI in connection with a federal grand jury investigation about payments he allegedly caused an Albany lobbying firm to funnel to his attorney son, who was also charged with tax crimes, including failure to identify the source of payments he received from the lobbying firm.

The grand jury investigated allegations that Thomas Libous obtained a job for a family member at a Westchester law firm in exchange for a promise to refer business to the firm and had arranged for an Albany lobbying firm that regularly lobbied him to secretly pay the law firm $50,000 per year to help defray the cost of Libous’ son’s salary and lease of a Range Rover.

The lobbying firm specialized in transportation issues and Thomas Libous served as chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee at the time.

The indictment also alleged that Senator Libous told a partner of the law firm that the firm would have to “build a new wing” to accommodate the business he would refer to it if it hired his son.

If convicted, Thomas Libous could face up to five years in federal prison.

Matthew Libous was also charged in a second indictment with obstructing the IRS in its administration of the tax laws and subscribing to false tax returns.  Matthew Libous could receive three years in federal prison on one count of obstructing the administration of the tax laws, and five counts of subscribing to false tax returns, each of which carriers up to three years in prison.