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Matthew Libous, Son Of Powerful Senator, Convicted

The son of an influential New York lawmaker has been convicted of three counts of filing false income tax returns and acquitted of four other charges.

Matthew Libous, an attorney, was accused of concealing some of his income from a now defunct law firm in Westchester County and from a cell tower company.

He was tried by U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti.

Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous, a Binghamton Republican, separately faces federal trial, accused of lying to the FBI about arranging his son's job at the law firm and persuading a lobbying firm to pay part of his salary there.

He pleaded not guilty and remains the No. 2 leader of the Republicans' narrow Republican majority in the state Senate.

A felony conviction would cost Libous his seat.

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