Robert Wiesner and his attorney, James Nobles, spoke to the news media during an afternoon press conference. The overall theme- Wiesner's arrest was "inherently political." Wiesner and three other employees were arrested and charged for what the Attorney General's office calls a bid-rigging scheme through the county's contracts with local development corporations.
Nobles has moved for the charges against Wiesner to be dismissed, saying the Attorney General's office cannot specify how Wiesner is connected or is guilty of the crimes with which he is charged. In addition, he says Eric Schneiderman's office is guilty of breaking the law by releasing details of sealed indictments to the media before they were unsealed in court. News 8 was told of the impending arrests on Tuesday. Schneiderman's office issued the following statement:
“The email sent on Tuesday was inappropriate but not in violation of any law. It was sent, without approval by any supervisor, by a member of our press staff. Yesterday we suspended that employee without pay for one month. My office has never sent an email like this before, and it will not happen again. It is no surprise, however, that people charged with perpetrating fraud and corruption against the taxpayers of Monroe County are attempting to distract from their alleged crimes. The Attorney General will not be deterred from prosecuting public corruption wherever and whenever it occurs.”
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