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Malcolm Smith sentenced to 7 years in prison for ballot bribery scheme

In 2013, Smith was arrested by the FBI

In 2013, Smith was arrested by the FBI and accused of scheming to bribe his way into the mayoral race. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Former State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has been sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for a bribery conspiracy to win a place on the ballot for the New York City mayoralty.

The sentence was imposed Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains.

Smith, a Democrat, was lured by an informant and an FBI undercover agent into a scheme to bribe Republican county leaders to give him a spot in the GOP mayoral primary.

He was defeated for re-election in his Queens district last year, and convicted in February.

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