Ex-lawmaker Nelson Castro indicted in 2008 perjury case

Ex-lawmaker Nelson Castro indicted in 2008 perjury case

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NEW YORK (AP) -

A former New York state assemblyman has pleaded not guilty to perjury in a corruption case.

An indictment was unsealed Wednesday in the Bronx against Nelson Castro.

Castro lied under oath during a civil proceeding concerning his eligibility for placement on the ballot in a primary election for the 86th Assembly District, prosecutors said.

The Bronx Democrat resigned last week after he said he cooperated with federal officials in a separate bribery case involving Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Eric Stevenson. Castro was not charged criminally in that case.

Castro's lawyer Michael Farkas said he expects the state charges against his client to be dismissed as long as he keeps cooperating with federal officials.

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