BROOKLYN - A state senator from Brooklyn is out on bond tonight after being slapped with nine charges related to his corruption case.
Sen. John Sampson (D, WF - 19th District) pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, including embezzlement and obstruction of justice. Authorities say Sampson swindled $440,000 from foreclosure surpluses, then apparently borrowed about $180,000 from an associate.
If convicted, Sampson could face the rest of his life in prison.
Prosecutors have since offered a plea deal, but the senator's attorney says he is unsure whether they'll accept it. They have until May 31 to take the deal. Meanwhile, Sampson cannot leave the state, has surrendered his passport and is not allowed to speak with anyone involved in the investigation.
He is due back in court June 18.
For entire news conference on Sen. Sampson's court appearance, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.