Disgraced former Comptroller Alan Hevesi was sentenced this morning received the maximum penalty — one to four years in prison — for his role in a massive pay-to-play pension scandal.

The sentencing had been postponed multiple times after Hevesi was hospitalized for poor health.

From NY1:

Disgraced former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was lead out of court in handcuffs today, after being sentenced from one to four years in prison for felony corruption charges.

Hevesi, who admitted to a role in influence peddling at the state pension fund, was supposed to be in court the week before, but was hospitalized for a medical procedure.

His attorneys asked for leniency, saying their 71-year-old client is in poor health.

Hevesi pleaded guilty last October to his role in a pension-fund scandal that engulfed nearly every aspect of Albany’s political culture — ensnaring lobbyist, political consultants and politicians. He had previously resigned in 2006 after an investigation found a state employee doubled as a chauffer for his wife.

Hevesi admitted to receiving free travel in exchange for a sweetheart $250 million pension fund investment.

His successor at the comptroller’s office, Tom DiNapoli, who has gone to pains to distance himself from the scandal by banning the use of “placement agents” in the office, said the pay-to-play culture “won’t be tolerated.”

Today’s sentencing of Alan Hevesi is a welcome and just conclusion to a years-long saga. Mr. Hevesi betrayed the trust of all New Yorkers.  His sentence is clear evidence that this type of criminal behavior will not be tolerated.

Since taking office, I have changed the way the pension fund does business so history cannot repeat itself. I have banned placement agents and pay-to-play practices, and I have increased transparency in pension fund transactions. But there is more that can be done.

The punishment for breaking the law while performing a public duty must include pension forfeiture and increased fines and sentencing. The pension forfeiture bill I proposed earlier this year would do just that. No public official who violates the public trust should be allowed to receive a taxpayer-funded pension.  Passage of my bill would be a
much-needed step in rebuilding the public’s confidence in its government.