Though it may be pocket change for New York's mayor, John Haggerty isn't getting off easy for stealing from Michael Bloomberg's campaign. The former political consultant (right) was found guilty today of "second-degree grand larceny and second-degree money laundering" for trying to funnel $1.1 million of the mayor's campaign money to himself in 2009, The New York Times reports. "Prosecutors say Mr. Haggerty promised to provide ballot security during the election and instead used most of the $1.1 million to buy a house. Mr. Bloomberg had contributed the money to the state’s Independence Party, which give most of it to Mr. Haggerty." Haggerty faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Justice, though, isn't the only thing that might be served up to the public in this case. As The Wall Street Journal notes, the trial shed light in the billionaire politician's political operation:
The trial has opened a window onto Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign, which, at a cost of $109 million, was the most expensive in city history. The courtroom proceedings created the unusual spectacle of a sitting mayor and his closest aides questioned under oath about matters they typically would not discuss in public.
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