8 men indicted in statewide federal corruption case

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Eight people have been indicted in connection with a statewide federal corruption case.

This comes nearly two months after they were criminally charged.

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney says former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco, the former head of SUNY Polytechnic Institute Alain Kaloyeros, three executives with Buffalo developer LPCiminelli and three others were involved in bid-rigging and pay-to-play schemes across the state.

The indictment claims Louis Ciminelli and executives Michael Laipple and Kevin Schuler got the Buffalo Billion SolarCity project in an unfair bidding process.

MORE | See the indictment against the eight men here.

Gov. Cuomo released a statement on the indictment:

“As I said two months ago when the US Attorney first made this case public, this is a profoundly sad situation for me personally. Now the justice system must take its course, and any of those found guilty of abusing the public’s trust should and will be punished.  Changes need to be made to restore faith at every level of government. My administration has taken a number of steps in the past several months to reform the procurement process, and has proposed additional measures for the Legislature to take up when they return.”

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