Former councilman Larry Seabrook was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison after being found guilty of mail and wire fraud charges.
Seabrook was charged with illegally funneling taxpayer dollars to non-profits he controlled to provide friends and family with phony jobs.
According to the New York Daily News, the former state councilman and senator maintains his innocence after being convicted of diverting more than $2 million taxpayer dollars from 2002 through 2009.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Seabrook “sacrificed the public trust on the altar of greed.”
He applauded the 5-year sentence, saying it vindicated the taxpayers that Seabrook had cheated.
“We remain committed to making those who are corrupted by power pay the price, and the public can expect more arrests of politicians who have not learned this lesson,” Bharara said.