Political operative convicted of bilking Bloomberg loses appeal to NY top court

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ALBANY, New York — A Republican political operative convicted of bilking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has lost his appeal to the state's highest court.

John Haggerty Jr. was sentenced in December 2011 to up to four years in prison. His sentence started in March 2013 after his initial appeal was rejected by a midlevel court.

He was later allowed to take his case to the Court of Appeals, which on Monday rejected the challenge to his conviction.

A jury found Haggerty guilty of conning Bloomberg into putting up $1.2 million for an elaborate 2009 poll-monitoring effort. Bloomberg was then running for a third term.

Prosecutors said Haggerty pocketed $750,000 of the money. His lawyer said he has repaid it as part of his sentence.

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