A former hospital CEO was convicted of bribing state officials yesterday. Jeffrey Rosen, who oversaw hospitals in Queens and Brooklyn, "was found guilty of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his medical-care empire to two assemblyman and a state senator, who prosecutors say helped him win state loans and secure other favors from Albany," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Notably, one of the assemblyman was Queens Democrat Anthony Seminerio, who pleaded guilty to accepting millions in bribes and died in prison earlier this year. The other two allegedly corrupt lawmakers are Assemblyman William Boyland (D-Brooklyn) and State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn). The NY Times summarizes the U.S. Attorney's case: "At his trial this summer, prosecutors presented evidence that Mr. Rosen had funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to [Boyland and Seminerio] through sham consulting contracts. Mr. Rosen had also directed a lucrative contract to a hospice care company in a deal in which a third official, Senator Carl Kruger...' a cut' prosecutors said."

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff presided over a bench trial and found Rosen guilty. Rakoff wrote, "This is a sad, even tragic case. "It reveals how a widely admired hospital administrator who diligently sought to better the health care of impoverished communities nonetheless chose to entangle himself in the bribing of state legislators." You can read Rakoff's full decision here (PDF).

Rosen is reportedly looking at his possible "legal remedies." Kruger's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman (who recently defended Dominique Strauss-Kahn), told the Times the Rosen verdict was disappointing, but “It’s not going to affect our decision. We’re going to trial." Guess that clears up any rumor of Kruger taking a plea.