An Appellate Division, First Department, panel yesterday upheld the conviction and sentence of political consultant John Haggerty for stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Haggerty was sentenced to an aggregate prison term of 1 1/3 years and ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution in December 2011 by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel (See Profile).
Bloomberg gave the money to the state’s Independence Party, which hired Haggerty to run a poll-watching operation. Haggerty was found to have diverted the funds to himself through a shell company. He was convicted of grand larceny and money laundering.
"The verdict was based on legally sufficient evidence, and there was no unlawful variance between the indictment and the proof," the First Department wrote in yesterday’s order affirming the conviction and sentence. "Since the transfer of the money from the Mayor to the Independence Party was the larceny, the evidence also proved defendants’ guilt of money laundering, based on the transfer of the proceeds of the larceny from the Independence Party to the shell corporation," the panel wrote.
Justices Angela Mazzarelli (See Profile), Rolando Acosta (See Profile), David Saxe (See Profile), Dianne Renwick (See Profile) and Darcel Clark (See Profile) sat on the panel in People v. Haggerty, 2598/10.