Bronx Councilman's Public Corruption Trial Winds Down

Monday, November 28, 2011

Prosecutors expect to finish putting on their case this week in the public corruption trial of City Councilman Larry Seabrook of the Bronx.

Seabrook, whose trial in Manhattan federal court is entering its fourth week, is facing 12 counts of accepting corrupt payments, money laundering and fraud.  He is a former assemblyman and state senator.

Federal prosecutors are accusing the councilman — a presence in Bronx Democratic politics for decades — of selling his influence and taking money for family and friends for years.  Between 2002 and 2009, Seabrook directed more than a million dollars in city council discretionary funds to nonprofit organizations in the  Bronx.  These funds were supposed to be used for the benefit the community, but prosecutors accuse Seabrook of controlling some of these groups and transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees to his girlfriend, his brother, two sisters and a nephew.  

Prosecutors also accuse Seabrook of lobbying the Yankees to award a Yankee Stadium construction contract worth about $300,000 to a friend's boiler company, A.L. Eastmond & Sons, in 2006. Over the next three years, Seabrook allegedly solicited a series of payments from the company's owner, Arlington Leon Eastmond, totaling about $50,000.  Eastmond took the stand at trial and said Seabrook had never solicited kickbacks from him and that he had paid Seabrook money because he "believed in the man."

Seabrook is also charged with lining his pockets with false reimbursements. Prosecutor say Seabrook controlled the Northeast Bronx Democratic Club and would siphon money from the organization by submitting doctored receipts. One highly publicized instance involved a receipt for a bagel and soda that originally cost $7. The receipt was defaced to justify a reimbursement for $177.  

An employee who handles finances for the club testified at the trial that he wasn't in the habit of scrutinizing the councilman's receipts when they were submitted for reimbursement.  

Seabrook has adamantly denied the charges against him. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the top charges.


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Comments [2]

Chris from Philadelphia PA

I am from Philadelphia and believe me we have the same kind of morons here as well. We must as a society end corruption now more than ever due to the reduced funds we have. This is very improtant in Government sector because our tax dollars pay for this.

Nov. 28 2011 11:57 AM
Bubba Dukes from Man

The community in the Northeast section of the Bronx has suffered for more than 20 years under his leadership. I will be calling a meeting to choose the next City Council person to lead this district . If we rely on the Bronx Democratic Party leadership trust me , it will get worst . Don't trust the Bronx Democratic Leadership .

Nat " Bubba" Dukes

Nov. 28 2011 08:13 AM

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