Hevesi pleads guilty to corruption charge

Hevesi pleads guilty to corruption charge
By Ivan Pereira

Alan Hevesi has pleaded guilty to a single felony count involving corruption at an arraignment hearing in State Supreme Court in Manhattan Thursday.

Hevesi, who resigned as the state’s comptroller in 2006 following an earlier plea to charges that he misused his power, surrendered his passport and will be sentenced on Dec. 16, according to the New York Post. The Forest Hills politician admitted to giving preferential treatment to investors in the state’s pension system in exchange for gifts, the Post said.

The state attorney general’s office has been investigating Hevesi for several years on corruption accusations during his time in office.

Hevesi’s family, including state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), were in the court room during the plea.

“I deeply regret my conduct and sincerely and deeply apologize to the people of the state of New York,” he told the judge, the Post reported.