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Halloran, former Queens councilman, found guilty

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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:11 pm | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Jul 31, 2014.

Former City Councilman Dan Halloran has been convicted on corruption charges by a federal jury, one day after jurors received the case.

“With today’s verdict of guilty reached by an impartial and independent jury, the clean-up of corruption in New York continues in courtrooms,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement issued by his office.

“As the jury unanimously found, Daniel Halloran played a key role in two distinct political corruption schemes: first, for $20,000, Halloran was willing and able to serve as a go-between to deliver bribes to political party officials, and second he also took nearly $25,000 in cash and illegal campaign contributions to steer $80,000 in City Council money to other bribe payers,” Bharara added.

Halloran, the Whitestone Republican, was arrested last year along with state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), former Queens County Republican Party official Vincent Tabone and three others in a scheme that prosecutors said stemmed from Smith’s attempt to bribe city GOP leaders in order to run for mayor in 2013 as a Republican.

Former Bronx County Chairman Joseph Savino, who testified against Halloran, had previously pleaded guilty to lesser charges,

So did Joseph Desmaret, the former deputy mayor of upstate Spring Valley.

Smith and Tabone, who originally went to trial with Halloran, received mistrials last month and will go on trial again on Jan. 5.

Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin was originally scheduled for trial after Smith, Halloran and Tabone.

Smith is running for re-election to an eighth term in the Senate.

Bharara’s statement said there still is work to be done.

“Dan Halloran was the lone defendant in the trial that just ended in his conviction, but he is unfortunately not alone in a crowded field of New York officials who are willing to sell out their offices for self-enrichment,” Bharara said. “This office will continue the vigorous prosecution of political corruption to secure for the people of New York — regardless of party affiliation –—what they deserve: the honest labors of their elected representatives. And we will continue to partner with the FBI, whose outstanding investigative work in this case was instrumental to achieving a just result.”

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