Former Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret pleads guilty in "Corridor of Corruption"

Joseph Desmaret has been charged by the FBI with mail fraud and extortion. (1/29/14)

WHITE PLAINS - The former deputy mayor of Spring Valley had pleaded guilty for his involvement in the "Corridor of Corruption" scandal.

Joseph Desmaret appeared in federal court in White Plains Wednesday, where he was charged by the FBI with mail fraud and extortion. Desmaret did not speak with reporters outside the courtroom, but he did apologize to the judge. His lawyer Kenneth Gribetz says he admitted to accepting $10,500 in bribes and is very remorseful. 

Desmaret and five other political leaders were arrested last April, accused of scheming to buy Democratic Queens state Senator Malcolm Smith a Republican line on the New York City mayoral ballot. Desmaret and former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin were charged with accepting bribes in exchange for supporting a phony real estate deal connected with the alleged scheme.

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Desmaret is facing up to 40 years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 22.

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