Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco — convicted of taking more than $300,000 in bribes — asked a judge Monday to release him to home confinement due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Percoco, who is two years into a six-year sentence at FCI Otisville, was already authorized on April 11 for release by the Bureau of Prisons due to his health conditions, according to the letter to federal Judge Valerie Caproni.
He was expected to walk out of Otisville on April 27 after a two-week quarantine, according to the letter filed by attorney Walter Loughlin.
But the BOP has extended the quarantine and Percoco, 51, is about to begin his fourth week in isolation, the lawyer wrote.
Loughlin has repeatedly called and emailed the BOP only to be told that Percoco’s transfer remains under review, the filing says.
Loughlin is asking a judge to grant Percoco compassionate release and let him quarantine at home.
The attorney argued that Percoco is at grave risk if he contracts COVID-19 given his numerous health conditions, including, hypertension, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Percoco, who was so close to Cuomo that he was likened to a brother, is scheduled to be released from prison in April 2024, according to the BOP’s website.
A jury found him guilty in March 2018 of conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud and soliciting bribes from energy companies in “pay to play” scams.
The BOP didn’t immediately return a request for comment and Loughlin declined to comment.
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