Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pol Indicted on Perjury

Latest to Fall in Scandals Plaguing Boro

BRONX, NEW YORK, April 10- District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the unsealing of an indictment in which former New York State Assemblyman Nelson Castro has been charged with multiple counts of perjury.

The grand jury charged Castro with three counts of perjury in the first degree stemming from the defendant’s sworn testimony on August 7, 2008 at a hearing before the New York City Board of Elections, in Bronx County Supreme Court, Civil Division.  Perjury in the first degree is a Class D felony offense punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 2 1/3 to 7 year’s imprisonment.

The grand jury alleges that Castro had lied under oath in his response to three separate questions during a civil proceeding concerning his eligibility for placement on the ballot in a primary election for the 86th Assembly District. In such civil proceeding he was asked whether or not he knew two individuals, and he answered “No,” when in fact he did know these individuals and they were assisting him in his campaign.  In an additional question, he was asked whether or not an individual was a member of the Bronx Committee to Fill Vacancies and he answered that he did not know, when in fact he had personal knowledge that that individual was on said committee. 

Castro, whose resignation as a state lawmaker was effective on Monday, April 8, 2013, was arraigned before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett who released the defendant on his own recognizance.

The case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Brandler of the Rackets Bureau, was adjourned to September 18, 2013 in Part H60.

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