Ex-NYC councilman gets 5 years for corruption

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 1:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City councilman will spend five years in prison for misdirecting hundreds of thousands of dollars for community projects to his girlfriend and family instead.

Larry Seabrook was sentenced Tuesday.

He was convicted of 9 of 12 counts in a trial last summer in Manhattan federal court. The conviction came a year after another jury deadlocked on fraud charges.

Prosecutors wanted the Bronx Democrat to get seven to nine years in prison. Before he was arrested, he also had served as a state assemblyman and a senator. He has continued to deny wrongdoing.

The government says Seabrook diverted money from 2002 through 2009. It says he directed more than $2 million of funds to nonprofit organizations that he controlled but were not doing legitimate work.

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