New charges against John Sampson

Federal prosecutors have handed up a superceding indictment against State Senator John Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat who led the Senate Democratic Conference in 2009 and 2010, which says he directed his government staff to try and help the business resolve tax matters.

According to a reoprt last year in the Albany Times-Union, Sampson noted an interest in Gateway Wine & Spirits in a legislative disclosure form but was never listed on its application to the State Liquor Authority. The indictment says Sampson directed an unnamed staffer to help Edmon Braithwaite resolve an unpaid tax bill related to the store. Sampson then lied to the FBI, prosecutors allege, but said "not everything I told you was false."

Sampson will be arraigned Tuesday at 11 a.m. in downtown Brooklyn. He was previously indicted for threatening federal witnesses and embezzling money from mortgage certiori accounts. He has had to find a new lawyer after his previous counsel, Zachary Carter, took a job in the de Blasio administration.

Sampson remains in office.

Here's the new indictment: http://goo.gl/saAI3H