NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 74-year-old former New York State lawmaker who secretly recorded other politicians in a bid for leniency for her role in a corruption scandal has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after she pleaded guilty to embezzling money.
Shirley Huntley faced up to two years in prison when she was sentenced Thursday in Brooklyn federal court after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy last winter. The Queens Democrat admitted embezzling nearly $88,000 from a state-funded nonprofit she controlled.
Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein said that Huntley was entitled to some consideration in return for her cooperating with the FBI when he handed down her sentence, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Huntley took office in 2007 and lost a re-election bid last year.
“The prosecution of Shirley Huntley ended her political career and devastated her family,” her lawyer wrote in court documents. “Despite her downfall, she continues to volunteer in her community as she has done for her entire life.”