US Senator charged with embezzlement and other crimes in growing Ed Ahmad scandal – 7th May 2013
John Sampson, the US born Senator of Guyanese parentage is the latest high profile Politician to become publicly named as part of a corruption probe also involving ED Ahmad. Sampson who served in the 19th Senatorial district in New York, is accused of lying to Federal agents and intentionally hindering an investigation into his role in the embezzlement of more than 400 thousand US dollars. That money was from the sale of foreclosed homes which he, Sampson, was supposed to have turned over to the court. Sampson reportedly borrowed money from Ed Ahmad to help repay some of those debts he had racked up. Sampson, 47, surrendered to federal agents on Monday morning and was arraigned in Federal District Court in Brooklyn in the afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to charges that included two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
During the hearing, a prosecutor said he had offered Sampson a plea agreement, which he has until the end of May to accept. Under the agreement, Sampson would plead guilty to embezzlement and one other charge and accept a sentence of 37 to 46 months. He faces 20 years in prison under the most serious charge if he is found guilty at trial.