Operative gets prison for bilking Bloomberg

December 19, 2011 8:47:43 AM PST
A political operative has been sentenced to up to four years in prison after being convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

John Haggerty was sentenced Monday. The veteran Republican consultant was convicted in October of grand larceny and other charges.

Prosecutors say Haggerty got the billionaire mayor to give $1.1 million to the state Independence Party to underwrite an elaborate poll-monitoring effort in 2009. Bloomberg was then seeking re-election.

Prosecutors say Haggerty produced a bare-bones operation and used most of the money to buy a house.

Haggerty's lawyers say the mayor and party got what they paid for. The defense said Bloomberg aides made Haggerty a scapegoat for unsavory campaign practices.

Authorities didn't accuse the mayor or his campaign of any wrongdoing.

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