Former Senate Leader and Son Indicted

NEW YORK (AP) -

The former leader of the New York Senate and his son were indicted Thursday on conspiracy and extortion charges as prosecutors boosted the amount of money from $200,000 to $300,000 that they allege was illegally steered to the son.

The indictment was returned by a grand jury in Manhattan federal court against 67-year-old Dean Skelos and his 32-year-old adopted son, Adam.

Skelos has said he will fight the charges and that he and his son will be vindicated.