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New York City Councilman Larry B. Seabrook was convicted Thursday on corruption charges for orchestrating a plan to move hundreds of thousands of city dollars to friends, relatives, and a girlfriend through a network of nonprofit organizations under his control. The revelation was shocking to a city that has seen many of its politicians go down in the heat of political scandal.
A federal jury, after a three-day deliberation, found the longtime Bronx politician guilty of 9 out of 12 counts, including wire and mail fraud. The conviction automatically vacates his council seat, and he could be sentenced up to 20 years for each count. A special election will be held on November 6 to fill out the remainder of his term.