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December 12, 2012

Former N.Y. Lawmaker Sentenced to 2 Years for Nonprofit Fraud

Former New York City councilman and state senator Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for diverting about $100,000 from a nonprofit organization into campaign work, The New York Times reports.

The Queens Democrat pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said that as a councilman he steered $300,000 in city funds to Libre, a Latino charity with which he had close ties, and used some of the money to pay members of the organization who worked on his unsuccessful 2006 state Senate bid.

Mr. Monserrate was elected to the Senate in 2008 but was expelled two years later after being convicted for assaulting his girlfriend. During his tenure he joined fellow Democrat Pedro Espada Jr., who pleaded guilty in October in a separate corruption case involving a Bronx health nonprofit, in briefly tipping control of the chamber to the Republicans.