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New Assemblyman William Boyland Bribery Charges

Not one month after being acquitted of bribery and corruption, Assemblyman William Boyland is facing a whole new set of bribery charges.

What makes the William Boyland bribery charges so egregious is that he is alleged to have engaged in the illegal activity during his defense of the original bribery charges, reports the New York Post.

This week, federal authorities charged Boyland with soliciting more than $250,000 in bribes and accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for helping development projects go through in his district, reports the Post.

These new charges follow Boyland’s surprising acquittal earlier this month on a different set of bribery charges relating to no-show jobs in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

According to the Post, Boyland solicited bribes even after he was charged in the Manhattan case back in March. For example, over the summer, authorities say that Boyland solicited and accepted a stream of bribes from undercover FBI agents and was even recorded requesting a $250,000 bribe from another FBI undercover, reports the Post.

Generally, bribes are considered misdemeanors in New York that usually carry a prison sentence of less than one year.

However, the stakes are raised when there is bribery involving a public official. In this case, bribery or receiving a bribe is considered a felony and someone convicted of the crime can face significant jail time.

The William Boyland bribery charges are significant as he is accused of abusing his position of public trust and accused of performing his illegal acts while under trial for a similar crime. If he’s convicted of the crime, he’s almost certainly going to jail.

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