Defense Attorneys Call LDC Indictments "Political"

- As the State Attorney General's office begins to roll out its case against former Monroe County officials, defense attorneys say the charges do not come without some political motivation. 

Bob Wiesner, husband of County Executive Maggie Brooks, turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at the Attorney General's office. He was head of security at the Monroe County Water Authority at the time it entered into an agreement with a security LDC.

"Early on in this case I filed a letter with Will Schaeffer, the Chief of Public Integrity Bureau, indicating that my client wanted an opportunity to be heard by the grand jury, if in fact he was being considered as a target. The law requires under CPL-190-50 subdivision B that they have to give him written notice of an opportunity to testify. They failed to do that," defense attorney James Nobles said. 

John Maggio, a Certified Public Accountant and owner of Navitech Services Corporation, is charged with 10 felonies, including money laundering and conspiracy. 

"I think it speaks for itself. I don't think I need to explain the answer to that. I think it's clear to everybody involved that it's politically motivated," attorney David Rothenberg said.

Daniel Lynch, former sales executive of Simens Building Technologies and president of Tread Stone Development Corporation, is charged with 25 felonies including grand larceny and bid-rigging. Former Monroe County Chief Information Technology Officer Nelson River is charged with six felonies, including bid-rigging and falsifying records.

All four men have pleaded not guilty. They are due back in court next month. 

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