If a man is known by the company he keeps, we all ought to be mighty worried about State Senator Carl Kruger. He’s got a cast of characters around him shady enough to rival any comic book’s arch-typical corrupt politician – not that we’re saying he’s corrupt or anything. Honest.
First there was Michael Levitis, the Rasputin Restaurant-owner who was allegedly peddling access to Kruger to fellow business owners. Kruger claimed he knew nothing of it, but the FBI said they’re still looking into the politician. Then there was the mysterious Reliable Repair company he gave $10,500 in payments to, but which may not actually exist.
Now there’s Nikolai Dozortsev, a Brighton Beach-connected international money launderer. Kruger, along with Brighton Beach State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and Borough President Marty Markowitz all stood up for the exemplary Dozortsev, who will be sentenced in federal court later this week. All three of the local pols sent the judge presiding over the case letters attesting to Dozortsev’s personal character.