“Haggerty’s fraudulent and cynical misconduct has now been punished, and his ill-gotten gains forfeited,” said District Attorney Cy Vance. “This Office is committed to using every tool at its disposal, including robust enforcement of the asset forfeiture laws, to ensure that crime does not pay.”
Mr. Haggerty was one of the leading political operatives in the city, and in a trial that riveted political circles in the city, stood trial for stealing $1.1 million of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s money during the 2009 campaign. The money had been washed through the Independence Party for “ballot security.” Mr. Haggerty’s lawyers argued in essense that because Mayor Bloomberg had spent so much money on his re-election–upwards of a $100 million, sometimes paying aides hundreds of thousands of dollars for weeks of work–that it was impossible that Mr. Haggerty could steal from him.
The sentence announced today sends Mr. Haggerty from 16 months to 4 years in state prison and was ordered to pay $900,000 in fines. He allegedly used the pilfered funds to purchase a home in Queens.
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