A former Nassau County legislator insisted on his innocence before surrendering Monday to begin serving a prison sentence following his 2012 conviction in a scheme to steer an $80 million New Cassel redevelopment project to a favored developer.
Democrat Roger Corbin, 70, of Westbury, surrendered after the state’s highest court recently declined to hear his appeal.
He will serve a sentence of 2 years to 6 years in prison for taking bribes and official misconduct.
“I’m not this crooked person they said I was,” Corbin told Newsday before heading into a Nassau County courtroom to turn himself in. “. . . There’s nothing I did wrong.”
The state Court of Appeals in Albany also recently declined to hear appeals from Corbin’s co-defendants, Patrick Williams, another former Democratic county legislator, and Neville Mullings, who had run the North Hempstead Community Development Agency.
Williams, 69, of Uniondale, surrendered last week to begin his 1-year jail sentence following a conspiracy charge conviction.
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