QNS. DEM HIT WITH FRAUD RAP
By BRUCE GOLDING, NY Post
Veteran Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio was indicted for fraud yesterday after plea negotiations in his corruption case apparently broke down.
The Manhattan federal court indictment boosted to $1 million the amount of cash the Queens Democrat is charged with collecting through an eight-year, influence-peddling scheme.
In early September, federal authorities charged that Seminerio pocketed money in exchange for access to Albany lawmakers.
Payments allegedly went to a bogus consulting outfit linked to the Assemblyman.
Defense lawyer Ira Cooper, who was reportedly trying to cut a deal for 73-year-old pol, didn't return a call for comment.