- New York Lawyer Accused of Participating in Criminal Enterprise to Bribe and Intimidate Witnesses
New York Lawyer Accused of Participating in Criminal Enterprise to Bribe and Intimidate Witnesses
Posted Aug 31, 2012 7:34 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A New York lawyer has been accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that used bribery and intimidation to thwart justice in an Onondaga County murder case.
Lawyer Ezequiel Neuman of suburban Syracuse is accused in an indictment of offering a witness $50,000 not to testify at trial, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. He was arrested on that charge in June, authorities said, when he tried to frisk a witness wearing a wire, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported at the time. The new indictment also accuses Neuman of offering to make sure a victim did not appear for a criminal proceeding in exchange for $5,000 cash and cocaine.
Neuman is charged with enterprise corruption, bribing a witness, tampering with a witness, promoting prison contraband by giving cellphones to inmates, criminal solicitation and conspiracy, according to the Post-Standard, 9WSYR.com and CNYCentral.com. Five others are also charged in the alleged criminal enterprise.
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