Jurors are deliberating now in the federal corruption case involving Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli.
Ciminelli is accused of bid rigging to land lucrative state contracts along with two Syracuse developers and the founder of SUNY Polytechnic.
Jurors began deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. All four defendants in this case are charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In addition, Syracuse developer Joseph Gerardi is also accused of musing to federal officials, something his attorney says didn’t happen.
Six male and six female jurors are deciding whether the defendants rigged the system.
Beginning Monday, closing arguments were given by the government and the defense attorneys for the defendants: Steven Aiello, Joseph Gerardi, Louis Ciminelli, and Alain Kaloyeros.
Attorneys for all defendants maintain their clients are innocent, and placed heavy blame on their then consultant Todd Howe, who they claim is corrupt.
The government argues the defendants knowingly defrauded the company that issued the RFPS.
This case centers around the 750 million dollar innovation hub at Buffalo’s RiverBend.
Jurors asked for printed copies of several exhibits today. If a decision is not reached by the end of today, deliberations will resume tomorrow and could until Friday.