Report: Radio Talk Show Used In FBI Sting That Led To Politicians' Convictions
March 17, 2016 at 4:17 AM (PT)
A brokered radio talk show aimed at the Orthodox Jewish community in suburban NEW YORK was used by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office to run a sting operation that led to the arrest and conviction of local politicians, according to the JOURNAL NEWS of ROCKLAND and WESTCHESTER COUNTIES.
MOSES STERN, a man under investigation for fraud, was recruited by the FBI in 2010 to cooperate with the probe of former NEW YORK State Senator MALCOLM SMITH (D-QUEENS) and other politicians, appeared as a guest analyst under different aliases on several shows aired on various NEW YORK area stations including WSNR-A produced by the NEW YORK JEWISH COMMUNICATIONS CHANNEL and hosted by TALKLINE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK's ZEV BRENNER.
STERN's appearances were used by the FBI to connect the politicians, who guested on the show, with illegal campaign donations from NYJCC operator JOSEPH MARKOWITZ that led to convictions of SMITH and former NEW YORK CITY Councilman and Congressional candidate DAN HALLORAN. The paper says that current NEW YORK Attorney General ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN also appeared on the show with STERN, but that SCHNEIDERMAN has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Read about the complicated sting operation at the JOURNAL NEWS' LOHUD.COM by clicking here.