By Victoria Bekiempis and Greg B. Smith
A major donor to Mayor de Blasio has secretly pleaded guilty to making campaign donations to public officials in exchange for official action, the Daily News has learned.
This stunning admission was made by Jona Rechnitz, a Brooklyn real estate investor who months ago began cooperating with prosecutors in former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's pay-to-pay probe of de Blasio.
The assertion surfaced in court papers detailing for the first time Rechnitz's admissions of criminal activity.
Rechnitz's criminal "information" was quietly unsealed by the courts March 15, the same day the U.S.
Attorney's office announced it had decided not to bring criminal charges against de Blasio or his top aides. Prosecutors requested the unsealing order two days before.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)