Sen. Libous Faces Federal Indictment

Sen. Libous Faces Federal Indictment

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A top-ranking New York state senator has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he lied to the FBI about arranging a law firm job for his son.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday says Sen. Thomas Libous, a leading Republican, claimed he didn't know how his son, Matthew, got the job.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Libous used his position to arrange his son's job and salary and promised extra business for the law firm. Prosecutors say Libous convinced a lobbying firm to pay part of his son's salary, and then lied to the FBI about the deal.

Matthew Libous was indicted on federal tax charges. A call to his attorney was not immediately returned.

Both men pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Libous' office said it would comment later.