Statement By Attorney General Eliot Spitzer On The Sentencing Of Davis Etkin

When I first became Attorney General I established a special unit that would focus on investigating and prosecuting state and local corruption. It was my intent then, as it is now, to work cooperatively with local law enforcement, as we did with Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney, to help restore the people's confidence in public institutions.

Today's sentence of two years in county jail and a $100,000 fine plus $100,000 in restitution is appropriate because Davis Etkin as the head of Capital District Region Off-Track Betting violated public trust, hired a no-show employee, and was culpable in a bribery scheme that attempted to influence a witness before the grand jury.

The sentence recognized the need not only to punish Mr. Etkin, but also to deter others from committing similar crimes. I believe this sentence brings to an end the criminal investigation against Davis Etkin.