Both Dean Skelos, 67, and Adam Skelos, 32, were caught on wiretaps plotting to get Adam’s wife Ann Marie on a zoning appeals board in Nassau County.
Dean Skelos tried using his influence as state Senate Majority Leader to get his son’s wife on a Long Island zoning board, while son Adam tried to use his dad’s position to bully his way into doing business with a Greek diner group, federal prosecutors say.
The feds want to use the new allegations against the pair at their corruption trial next month, saying it was part of the father and son’s conspiracy to make money off the dad’s connections.
According to papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court late Friday, both Dean Skelos, 67, and Adam Skelos, 32, were caught on wiretaps plotting to get Adam’s wife Ann Marie on a zoning appeals board in Nassau County.
“In particular, on several recorded calls, Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos discussed Dean Skelos’s efforts to get Adam Skelos’s wife onto the Zoning Board, and the salary and health benefits that Adam Skelos’s wife would get from the position,” the filing says.
And Adam allegedly had other benefits in mind for when his wife would get the job.
“On other intercepted calls, Adam Skelos discussed with third parties . . . his ability to corruptly obtain zoning decisions favorable to real estate deals he brokered given his wife’s appointment,” the filing says. The wife wound up losing out on the position after the Skeloses were busted in May.
Adam was also caught on tape using his dad’s name to try to intimidate a rep for a group of Greek diners he was trying to convince to buy energy services from him.
“During the sales call, Adam Skelos invoked the power of Dean Skelos’s office by citing his frequent appearance in the ‘papers,’ and stated that, if the individual wanted to ‘utilize’ Adam Skelos’s ‘reach,'” he should set up a meeting with him, the feds said. The son made it clear in the Dec. 22, 2014 call he was angry the unidentified businessman hadn’t done so yet.
“Now, if you want to utilize my f—ing reach and business opportunity, then you call me and I’ll set up a meeting. Otherwise, don’t tell me you’re going to set up a meeting and not set it up, okay? Because you bulls— . . . like every other Greek business person. . . you don’t do a f—ing thing. Okay? That’s why you are where you are and i am where I am, okay?” Adam says on the tape, according to prosecutors.
The feds also accuse Dean Skelos of misrepresenting the kind of work he did for his law firm, and say they plan to use that against him at trial if he testifies in his own defense or tries to call character witnesses.
The feds took specific aim at Skelos’ claim that he’d walled off his government and outside legal work – noting that he met with a lobbyist who was doing business with the state including “legislative issues relating to pharmacies” at his law firm.
Lawyers for the Skeloses did not return calls for comment. The pair have pleaded not guilty to extortion and conspiracy charges.