John Haggerty, a Republican political operative from Forest Hills, was sentenced on Monday to one and one-third to four years in state prison after a jury found him guilty of stealing more than $1 million from Mayor Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.
Haggerty, 42, will also have to pay back $750,000 that he stole as part of a civil lawsuit the Manhattan DA’s office filed against the Forest Hills man, according to the DA. As part of that same suit, the Independence Party, named as a non-criminal defendant, will have to pay $150,000.
“Haggerty’s fraudulent and cynical misconduct has now been punished, and his ill-gotten gains forfeited,” Vance said in a prepared statement on Monday.
Haggerty was convicted in October of grand larceny and money laundering. Prosecutors said while volunteering for the mayor’s 2009 campaign, Haggerty arranged for $1.1 million to be spent on ballot security and poll watching operations during election day. Bloomberg’s campaign approved a contribution of $1.1 million of the mayor’s personal funds to the Independence Party to fund these operations.
However, prosecutors said Haggerty never recorded any expenditures for such an operation and instead used the bulk of the stolen funds to purchase his home in Forest Hills.
Haggerty is the brother of Bart Haggerty, the chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and a longtime leader in a faction of the Queens Republicans that challenges the borough’s official GOP leadership.