NEW YORK — The government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was behind bars Friday for violating his
Todd Howe, 57, was taken into custody for violating his bail conditions, but the development isn't expected to derail his continuing testimony in the trial of former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. Prosecutors did not comment.
His arrest was approved by a judge who wrote that the government notified him that the revocation of Howe's $100,000 bond was appropriate.
Sometimes, the government keeps
Howe has testified that he hoped to avoid prison by testifying truthfully,
Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for prosecutors, said no new charges were filed against Howe, who was arrested Thursday. He said late Friday that Howe was expected to resume testimony Monday morning.
Howe, shackled at the ankles, shuffled into court for a three-minute hearing Friday. A magistrate judge read him his rights, and a prosecutor said he had agreed to continued detention.
His hair seemed wind-blown, like he'd just stepped off a beach, and he was wearing a sweatshirt with a print of a Martha's Vineyard beach permit from 2014. Martha's Vineyard is a seaside resort town in Massachusetts that
During cross examination Thursday, Howe admitted he had not informed the government that he tried to improperly recover the cost of a $600 luxury Manhattan hotel room just weeks after signing a
He also admitted failing to say in a 2014 application for disability insurance that he had been convicted of fraud in 2010 for trying to dupe a bank into thinking he had deposited $45,000 when he had not.
The government has used Howe's testimony to prove Percoco was paid more than $300,000 in bribes in exchange for helping his co-defendants with state business.
Percoco's lawyer, Barry Bohrer, had promised jurors they would find Howe to be too disreputable to trust his testimony. He said Percoco acted legally and appropriately.
Howe's lawyer, Richard Morvillo, was asked after Friday's court appearance how his client was doing.
"I'm sure you can imagine," he said.
Howe has testified that he now lives in Idaho, where he works as a golf course groundskeeper, sometimes mowing grass and digging ditches.
Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press