NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A political operative charged with swindling more than $1 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was trying to persuade a judge to throw out the case.

John Haggerty’s lawyer and prosecutors were scheduled to make arguments Tuesday before a Manhattan judge. Haggerty has pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and other charges.

Prosecutors said the Republican political consultant got Bloomberg to give the money to the state Independence Party for an effort to guard against election fraud during the mayor’s successful 2009 re-election campaign.

Prosecutors said Haggerty laundered the money and used it to pay for a house and other personal expenses.

Haggerty’s lawyers said he did his job, and Bloomberg got the ballot security he wanted.

Bloomberg has declined to comment on the case.

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  1. Guilty as sin says:

    Bloomberg is silent b/c he was complicit in this man’s crimes. They were in on it together, but Haggerty got caught. Although Bloomberg’s camp tried to make Mayor Mike look like a “victim”, you don’t really think that Mike Bloomberg would just give out a $1M payment without knowing exactly what was going on?!?! Please…

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