Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook, who ended up in a deadlocked jury last December as he was facing 12 charges, was retried and found guilty on 9 of those charges earlier today, which reportedly include bribery, money laundering and fraud.
“Councilman Larry Seabrook abused the power of his office to influence public contracts and to fund his own corrupt friends and family plan,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said, according to the New York Post.
He continued, “Today’s conviction ensures that the councilman will pay for betraying the public trust. Rooting out public corruption and restoring the public’s faith in honest government remains a vital mission of this office.”
The Associated Press has more:
“Prosecutors had accused the 61-year-old Democrat of misdirecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money meant for community projects.
The evidence included a receipt for a $7 bagel sandwich that allegedly had been doctored to put the cost at $177. Prosecutors accused Seabrook of using it to make a phony reimbursement request to a political club he controlled.”