If you’re an elected official using your seat of power to (allegedly) solicit campaign bribes in exchange for favors, you should probably has as few skeletons in your closet as possible, because your scam is gonna be found out. But Carl Kruger, the New York state senator who just turned himself into the FBI to face corruption charges, didn’t learn that lesson. Which is why the man who voted against same-sex marriage has been exposed for using his boyfriend — the Manhattan gynecologist Michael Turano — to allegedly launder the cash Kruger received. You know, the boyfriend Kruger was never supposed to have, because he was playing a hetero.
Turano is among the men arrested in the FBI’s investigation into NY lawmakers making off like bandits.
Kruger’s constant companion, Turano, is accused of using bribe money he deposited in two shell companies for Kruger to pay the lease on a Bentley luxury sedan, credit-card bills and the mortgage on the garish, multimillion-dollar Mill Basin home where the two men for years have shacked up with Turano’s mom and brother, authorities and neighbors said. “Sen. Kruger had a close and intimate relationship with the entire Turano family, which includes one of the defendants, Michael Turano, along with his mother and brother,” US Attorney Preet Bharara told reporters yesterday. Neither of the other two Turanos has been accused of any wrongdoing.
A press release from Bharara’s office noted, “[Kruger] spent his free time with the Turanos, shared holidays with them, went shopping for them, and managed the affairs of their residence. “Kruger was closest with Michael Turano. The two men were in nearly daily contact, Kruger picked Turano up from work, and people even called Kruger’s cellphone in order to reach Turano,” Bharara noted. A source close to the investigation told The Post that Kruger — who voted against a state gay-marriage bill last year — was particularly “intimate” with Michael Turano.
It was at the Mill Basin mansion neighbors allege Kruger lived, and not at this registered address in Brooklyn.
Let the courts have zero leniency on your wretched ass, Kruger.