Ex-Bloomberg Aide Gave Slipshod Budget, Defense Says
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 02:04 PM
A defense lawyer said in closing arguments Tuesday that the political operative accused of bilking Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of more than $1 million slapped together a slipshod campaign budget because he believed no one cared about the details.
Dennis Vacco told jurors Tuesday that defendant John Haggerty was behaving "just like a typical government operative."
He said Haggerty merely gave a "loose estimate" of the costs of providing a poll-watching operation for the mayor's 2009 reelection campaign.
Prosecutors argue Bloomberg's campaign relied on the budget when it made a donation to the state Independence Party to finance the effort. Haggerty is accused of doing little, then pocketing the money.
Vacco said in closing arguments Tuesday the $750,000 Haggerty made as a consultant is "a lot of money, but it wasn't a crime."
With the Associated Press