NEW YORK - (AP) - Former New York state Comptroller Alan Hevesihas admitted taking part in a "pay-to-play" scandal at the statepension fund.

Hevesi pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan to a felonycorruption charge.

The plea marks the culmination of a yearslong probe intokickbacks paid by money management firms that had been awardedlucrative pension fund investment contracts.

The Democrat controlled the multibillion-dollar pension funduntil his resignation in 2006 when he pleaded guilty to a felonyfor using state workers to chauffeur his wife.