A Bronx-based carnival company has quietly pleaded guilty to bribing ex-State Sen. Hiram Monserrate in exchange for help in securing permits for a festival in his Queens district, the Daily News has learned.
Monserrate was never charged in the carnival scheme because of a confluence of events — he was indicted in an unrelated corruption case, the FBI’s carnival investigation expanded to catch another elected official, and the cooperating witness who allegedly delivered the $7,000 payoff to Monserrate died, sources said.
The five-year statute of limitations expired last month, so Monserrate’s in the clear.
Last month in Brooklyn Federal Court, Tommy’s Midway Inc., a traveling carnival operator, pleaded guilty to the bribery conspiracy in a deal worked out with prosecutors.
The company’s officers, Thomas and Madeline Murray, were not charged. The company’s lawyer did not return a call seeking comment.