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Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng Pleads Guilty In Federal Bribery Case

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Former State Assemblyman Jimmy Meng pleaded guilty Wednesday in Brooklyn in connection to charges in a federal bribery case. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Just a week after his daughter made history as the first Asian-American from New York to be elected to Congress, former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud.

Outside of federal court in Brooklyn, the one-term former assemblyman would not comment on his decision. His attorney, Todd Greenberg, spoke on his behalf.

"He is a good man. He is a man of good moral character," Greenberg said. "He made an error in judgement. He acknowledged his guilt and he is looking forward to moving on in his life."

Earlier this year, Meng promised a local businessman convicted of tax charges that he would bribe the Manhattan District Attorney's office to reduce his prison sentence.

Meng never had any contact with the DA's office and said in court that he actually planned to keep the cash.

He instructed the businessman to put $80,000 in a fruit basket. When the exchange occurred, the FBI swooped in and arrested him.

In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said: "Jimmy Meng sought to take advantage of his status as a power broker...with only one design in mind -- lining his own pockets."

The congresswoman-elect was not with her father in court on Wednesday and declined to comment.

Through his attorney, Jimmy Meng distanced himself from his daughter.

"She, as the congresswoman, has absolutely nothing to do with Jimmy Meng," Greenberg said.

Federal prosecutors said they would request a sentence of one to 1.5 years.

Meng's attorney doesn't want any prison time at all.

"He's been involved in charitable organizations. He's been involved in civic organizations," Greenberg said. "We hope all of that will be brought out in front of the judge at the time of sentencing."

Ultimately, the judge will determine whether or not the former assemblyman will serve prison time. He'll be back in court in March for sentencing.

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