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The Latest: Star witness in Cuomo ex-aide trial arrested

Updated Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 | 12:16 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of the government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

The government's prize witness in the trial of a longtime top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to remain imprisoned.

Todd Howe appeared in Manhattan federal court Friday after his arrest a day earlier for allegedly violating his bail conditions.

His arrest came hours after he testified that he violated the terms of his cooperation agreement when he lied to a credit card company to try to get it to remove a $600 fee for a night he spent at a luxury Manhattan hotel.

His arrest was an unusual development because he is still testifying in the trial of former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.

Percoco's lawyer says Percoco did not take bribes and that Howe tells too many lies to be believed.

12:25 p.m.

The government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been arrested.

The arrest of Todd Howe came after he admitted Thursday during testimony that he violated the terms of his plea deal in the case against former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and others.

A judge signed an order Thursday, saying the government notified him that the revocation of Howe's bail was appropriate at this time.

Howe testified since Monday, supporting the government's claims Percoco accepted over $300,000 in bribes from three businessmen in exchange for helping them with the state.

On Thursday, Howe admitted he breached his plea deal by trying to get a hotel room charge taken off his credit card bill.

His lawyer declined comment.