Baldeo convicted of obstruction of justice: Bharara

By Sarina Trangle

A federal jury found Ozone Park Democrat Albert Baldeo guilty of obstruction of justice, but acquitted him of mail and wire fraud charges Monday, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Baldeo, a former Democratic district leader and candidate for office, turned himself in to the FBI in November 2012 after he was charged with having fake donors contribute to his failed 2010 City Council campaign to receive matching funds from the city and obstructing the government’s investigation. He was running against City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).

Jurors handed down convictions on seven obstruction of justice charges, but did not find Baldeo guilty on three charges of mail and wire fraud, Bharara’s staff said.

Baldeo could not immediately be reached for comment.

The seven charges each carry a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars, according to Bharara’s office.

His sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec. 16.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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