Former City Councilman Larry Seabrook was found guilty of nine out of 12 charges, including mail and wire fraud, after being accused of sending taxpayer dollars to Bronx nonprofits he controlled (NY1).
Larry Seabrook was forced to vacate his City Council seat last week after he was convicted last Thursday for his role in "misdirecting" $1.5 million in city funds to his bankroll, his family, and his mistress, reported The New York Daily News.
Mr. Seabrook was found guilty of nine felony counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy, The Daily News added.
“Councilman Larry Seabrook abused the power of his office … to fund his own corrupt friends and family,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “Today’s conviction ensures that the councilman will pay for betraying the public trust.”
The politician was accused of steering $1.5 million in council cash to non-profits that he controlled — and where his girlfriend, two sisters and a brother were employed.
Last year, The New York Post looked to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for accountability and leadership on the misuse of slush funds, but Speaker Quinn continued doling out her "discretionary budget items," including making an allocation of $350,000 to Mr. Seabrook.
"Seabrook’s the miscreant, for sure. But Quinn’s his enabler. Should such obvious moral myopia be rewarded with the mayoralty? Is Christine Quinn fit for the job?" ¶ Christine Quinn enables Larry Seabrook's corruption (NYPost)