ALBANY, N.Y. — New York taxpayers may have to pay more than $700,000 to cover the legal expenses of a state lawmaker whose conviction on charges of lying to the FBI was vacated after his death.

Former Republican Sen. Thomas Libous (LIH’-buhs), of Binghamton, was convicted in 2015 of lying about what prosecutors said was a scheme to funnel money from a lobbyist to his son.

Libous died of cancer in 2016 before he completed his appeal. The conviction was later overturned by an appeals court, which also ordered $50,000 in fines be returned to his estate.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reports (http://press.sn/2yilBJB) that under New York law the state is required to pay the legal bills of government workers or lawmakers who beat criminal charges related to their official duties.


Information from: Press & Sun-Bulletin, http://www.pressconnects.com