Dean Skelos quarantined in prison with coronavirus-like ailment
Former state Senate majority leader and convicted fraudster Dean Skelos is being quarantined at Otisville Federal Correctional Institution after complaining of a coronavirus-like stomach ailment, The Post has learned.
Skelos, 72, who was convicted of public corruption for using his office to get his son, Adam, cash and jobs, reported being ill on Wednesday, a source familiar with his condition said.
“He complained of stomach pain and he’s been in isolation,” the source said.
Skelos is being treated and monitored at the prison. He was not transported to a hospital, sources said.
A family friend close to Skelos said, “We do [know he got sick] and we can’t find anything out.
“We’ve had health issues — I don’t know what the issue is now. I was told he fainted in line getting his temperature taken and that was from an inmate.
“I just want to know he’s all right,” the family source added.
A source at the prison also said Skelos had a high fever.
Another source complained that his legal team has not been able to reach Skelos for more information about his health.
Skelos recently sought to end his federal prison sentence early because of fears over coronavirus — but prosecutors with Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman’s office argued that he may well be safer behind bars than heading back to New York.
Skelos filed a sealed emergency motion seeking to finish his term in home confinement. The application is pending. He cited coronavirus cases in federal prisons in his effort to be released.
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