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Dec 19, 2011 6:57 AM by Kate Richards

Political operative indicted

NEW YORK (AP) - A political operative is poised to find out whether he'll go to prison after being convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

John Haggerty faces up to 15 years behind bars at his sentencing Monday. But he also could get probation.

The veteran Republican consultant was convicted in October of grand larceny and other charges.

He was acquitted of a higher-level grand larceny count that would have required prison time.

Prosecutors say Haggerty conned the billionaire mayor into giving the state Independence Party $1.1 million to underwrite poll-monitoring in 2009. Bloomberg was running for re-election.

Prosecutors say Haggerty did little work and used most of the money to buy a house.
Haggerty's lawyers say the mayor and party got the operation they wanted.

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