Libous' office releases statement on federal indictment

By Nicky Hickling

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York State Senator Tom Libous has been indicted on a federal crime. He’s accused of lying to the FBI about a quid-pro-quo deal involving his son's employment with a law firm.

Senator Libous' office released the following official statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Senator Libous has served the residents of the Southern Tier with honesty and integrity for the past 26 years. He's innocent and he'll run for re-election.”

The one-count indictment was unsealed Tuesday morning in federal court.

It comes as a result of an investigation into whether Libous used his political influence to get his son a job with a law firm in Westchester County.

The FBI and IRS started investigating around March 2010.

The indictment states that "Libous... knowingly and willfully did falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts by trick, scheme, and device and did make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements to... the FBI".

Libous was arraigned at approximately 2:30 Tuesday in White Plains in West Chester County. He posted a $50,000 bail and the court granted him the ability to travel without restrictions.

Libous' son Matthew, was also indicted on six charges. They include impeding or obstructing the Internal Revenue Service and filing false tax returns. Matthew was also released on $50,000 bail.

Read the entire indictment by clicking here.