Defense exposes misdeed by witness in trial of ex-Cuomo aide

February 08, 2018 - 6:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) is bracing for a scolding from prosecutors.

Todd Howe on Thursday was forced to concede that he tried to improperly recover the cost of a fancy Manhattan hotel room from a credit card company after signing an agreement not to commit any more crimes.

Howe has been testifying all week against his longtime friend, Joseph Percoco. Prosecutors say Percoco was paid over $300,000 in bribes to help three businessmen in their dealings with the state.

Percoco has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers say his legal acts are being falsely portrayed by Howe as crimes.

Howe pleaded guilty to crimes including bribery and corruption and is cooperating with authorities.

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