Ex-Democrat Guilty Of Bribery
Feb. 21, 2001
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Paul Adler, a former Rockland County Democratic chairman who was a fund-raiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery and tax evasion charges.
In exchange for the pleas, which relate to a 14-count indictment filed last year, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend 18 to 24 months in prison when Adler is sentenced in May.
Adler, 42, a real estate broker, was party chairman from 1996 until he was arrested in September.
He admitted in court that he ``offered to use my political contacts'' to get a government job for a local planning board member in exchange for approval of a subdivision. The subdivision was never approved and the board member did not get a government job.
Adler also admitted understating his income for 1996 and 1997 by more than $200,000. He said he took illegal deductions, including declaring as a charitable contribution the tuition he paid for his children's private schooling.
Attorney Murray Richman said the tax charge ``seemed to break the camel's back'' in Adler's decision to plead guilty. The other charges, he said, were ``defendable.''
Adler declined to comment.
His name surfaced on a list of overnight guests at the White House. Karen Dunn, a spokeswoman for Clinton, said the senator ``knows that this must be a very painful time for the Adler family and her thoughts are with them.''
Adler must refile his tax returns for 1996 through 1998. Richman said he would be paying $60,000 to $70,000 in additional taxes.