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Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda Wormuth was sentenced this morning in federal court on charges of extortion and false statements. As WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the case exposed the underbelly of politics in the Saratoga County town.

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Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda "Mindy" Wormuth will be sentenced after pleading guilty to felony counts of extortion and making a false statement in August.

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A former Saratoga County official will plead guilty to felony charges in U.S. District Court Monday. The Times Union reports former Halfmoon town Melinda Wormuth faces federal charges of bribery, extortion, and lying to FBI officials. She is also expected to plead guilty to a separate charge of grand larceny for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a campaign account in Saratoga County Court at an unspecified date. That charge comes from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. Prosecutors are expecting Wormuth to face a year in prison for the federal charges.

FBI Reportedly Probing Marchione Land Purchase

Mar 26, 2014
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A land purchase by a member of the New York Senate is now part of an ongoing FBI and state investigation into the government in the Saratoga County town of Halfmoon. The Times Union said the questions include a land purchase by state senator Kathy Marchione, a former supervisor in Halfmoon, a town that saw the arrest of its supervisor Melinda Wormuth, who resigned last year after being charged with felonies including extortion and the theft of campaign funds.

Brendan Lyons is the investigations editor and senior writer at the Times Union. He wrote today’s story about the investigation.

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Halfmoon town supervisor “Mindy” Warmouth faces up to seven years in prison after hearing charges Thursday in connection with allegedly stealing thousands from her campaign committee.