From the Daily News:
A Queens businessman was busted on Friday on charges that he and two associates tried, unsuccessfully, to bribe a City Councilman.
The councilman, who a source identified as Donovan Richards (D-Queens), then immediately reported the bribe attempt to the authorities, leading the trio to get nabbed by the city Department of Investigation in an undercover sting, officials said.
The councilman's "prompt report allowed DOI to investigate swiftly and shut down the scheme," said DOI commissioner Rose Gill Hearn.
The bribe attempt allegedly happened earlier this year, when Tarsem Singh ran into opposition for his application for a liquor license, officials said. Richards and community members fought against his proposed North Conduit Ave. liquor store because of its proximity to a high school, said the DOI.
Singh and one of his associates then arranged for a sit-down with the councilman, and attempted to pass him an unspecified amount of cash at the meeting, DOI said. The councilman spurned the advance, which was caught on a security camera, officials said.
After Richards reported the bribe attempt to law-enforcement, a DOI undercover investigator posing as one of his reps reached out to Singh to arrange another sit-down at a Queens diner, officials said.