Ex-Bronx Boss Guilty of State Bribery Charges
Oct. 25, 1988
NEW YORK (AP) _ Stanley Friedman, the ex-Bronx Democratic boss already serving 12 years for racketeering, was convicted Tuesday of bribing a National Guard general to get a contract for a company in which Friedman was the largest stockholder.
The disgraced politician faces up to seven years in prison for his conviction on bribery and conspiracy charges by state Supreme Court Justice Maria Santagata, who heard the case without a jury.
Santagata will sentence Friedman Nov. 15 on the bribery conviction.
Both Friedman's convictions stem from his efforts to drum up business through bribery on behalf of CitiSource Inc., a company in which he was the largest stockholder.
After Santagata's ruling, Friedman attorney Gerald Shargell asked the judge to sentence his client immediately, allowing Friedman to end his stay at Rikers Island. Santagata declined to do so.
Friedman had been serving time at an out-of-state federal facility, but was moved to the city jail for the duration of his trial, which began Sept. 19.
In the federal case, Friedman and three co-defendants were convicted in November 1986 for a scheme to get a $22.7 million Parking Violations Bureau contract for hand-held computers through a pattern of racketeering.
In opening arguments, Assistant District Attorney Brian Rosner charged Friedman, 51, funneled $7,500 to former Brig. Gen. Bernard Ehrlich in July 1985 through a shell company set up by Ehrlich and his law partner, Richard Biaggi.
In return, Ehrlich - former deputy commander of the state National Guard - pushed the state military to purchase CitiSource's hand-held computer. State officials, at the general's urging, agreed in 1985 to a $90,000 contract to try out the computer. National Guard officials in Washington later rejected the contract.
Shargell had argued that Friedman did not knowingly bribe Ehrlich, but had instead paid him as compensation for work done in his capacity outside the National Guard. Ehrlich had told Friedman the payments were legitimate, Shargell said.
Ehrlich was removed as a co-defendant in the case five days before trial when Santagata ruled he was incompetent to stand trial. Ehrlich, who was committed to a mental hospital by the judge, was convicted in August of racketeering in the Wedtech case involving ex-U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi.
Ehrlich faces up to 135 years in prison in the Wedtech case.