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For the first time since his arrest, one of four men indicted on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records is speaking out.
Bob Wiesner is the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, former director of security for the county water authority and a retired Rochester Police captain.
"In my 30 years of law enforcement, I have never treated a defendant as I was treated yesterday," said Wiesner.
A political target. That's how James Nobles, Weisner's defense attorney, described his client.
"I was not involved in the UTC RFP, the selection committee or the awarding of that contract in any way, shape or form," Wiesner.
Thursday's press conference was supposed to give Wiesner a chance to address the two felony counts he is charged with in the Attorney General's investigation of area Local Development Corporations. The indictment alleges the men laundered more than $2 million of taxpayer money.
"I was also never involved in the selection committee or the contract process with M3S," Wiesner said.
The focus shifted, though, as Nobles attacked the legality of what he called a "parade" instigated by the AG's Office.
"Telling the media that there was a sealed indictment issued, was illegal," Nobles said.
On Wednesday, an email was sent from the Attorney General's Office to the media, giving a time and location where four "well-recognized" individuals would be turning themselves in. At the time, the indictment was sealed.
The AG's office released a statement Thursday saying the email was "inappropriate but not in violation of any law." The employee who sent it was suspended for a month without pay.
"This is a political prosecution, an attempt to taint prospective jurors in this community," Nobles said.
YNN asked Nobles if Wiesner ever participated in the 2008 Senior PGA package that the indictment claims the four defendants purchased using taxpayer money.
"He was not involved in that package in any way, shape, or form. He was at the PGA that year, I think they did spend some time in the tent, but they spent time in many tents as you might imagine the County Executive would."
Nobles says he filed a motion to dismiss the indictment.
As for Wiesner's relationship with defendants Dan Lynch, Nelson Rivera and John Maggio, Nobles says they are merely acquaintances on an occasional basis.
"There's certainly people in some instances he knows, people he socialized with on occasion, played golf with on occasion, but there was nothing untowad about any of those associations."
Click on the video below for the entire press conference and Q&A with Wiesner's lawyer, James Nobles (16:30).