Louis Ciminelli, the Buffalo developer who was found guilty in the Buffalo Billion saga, was handed a sentence of two years and four months in federal prison with two years of supervised release.
Ciminelli was among four people simultaneously convicted in connection to New York state construction projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The much-ballyhooed Buffalo Billion was first pitched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012. It offered a billion dollars in government money to projects in Buffalo, including the massive Tesla GigaFactory project. To some, the projects and accusations of bid-rigging became slang for a state government awash in corruption.
Prosecutors say Ciminelli and others in his company contributed nearly $100,000 to Cuomo’s campaign. The Democratic governor was not accused of wrongdoing.