The fallout from a federal investigation into political corruption in Albany has spread to an Arizona company that employed one of the men recently charged.
This month Dean G. Skelos, then the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested on extortion, fraud and bribe solicitation charges. The company at the center of the scandal is AbTech Industries, a small environmental firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that markets a spongelike filter designed to remove pollutants from storm water. Senator Skelos, a Republican from Long Island, was accused of taking official actions to benefit AbTech, which, prosecutors contend, had hired Adam Skelos to gain influence in its attempt to win government work.
AbTech says it has been assured by federal investigators that it is not a target of the investigation. Still, the company’s stock has fallen more than 70 percent since The New York Times first reported in April that AbTech was entangled in it. In recent weeks it has seen work suspended on a big contract, one it won in Nassau County with the help of Adam Skelos.
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