Former Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio was sentenced to six years in prison today for committing fraud.
Federal prosecutors say Seminerio took a million dollars in payments from companies doing business with the state and created a fake consulting firm in April 2000 to hide the payments.
The former politician must also pay $1 million in fines.
He had been accused of using his consulting firm to solicit money from a hospital, a college and a lobbying firm without doing any work for them.
Defense lawyers had pleaded that the 74-year-old Democrat be held in home detention.
The judge said Seminerio deserved jail time for abusing the public trust.
Seminerio served as an assemblyman from 1978 to June 2009, and resigned the day before he pleaded guilty.