Dominic CarterFeb 8, 2018, 5:39 pm

Percoco Trial: Defense exposes misdeed by witness in Cuomo ex-aide's trial

Prosecutors say Joseph Percoco was paid over $300,000 in bribes to help three businessmen in their dealings with the state

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NEW YORK (AP) — The government's star witness in the trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is bracing for a scolding from prosecutors.

Todd Howe, the witness, was forced Thursday to concede he tried to improperly recover the cost of a fancy Manhattan hotel room from a credit card company after signing an agreement not to commit any more crimes.

Howe, the government's prime witness in the bribery trial of his longtime friend, Joseph Percoco, has been testifying all week. Prosecutors say Percoco was paid over $300,000 in bribes to help three businessmen in their dealings with the state.

Percoco has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers say his legal acts are being falsely portrayed by Howe as crimes.

Howe pleaded guilty to eight crimes and is cooperating.

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