- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City councilman was properly convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan affirmed 63-year-old Larry Seabrook’s conviction, along with his five-year prison sentence and a $619,715 restitution order. It rejected arguments that evidence was insufficient, the trial was improperly carried out or that newly discovered evidence warranted a new trial.

The Bronx Democrat is serving his sentence after his 2011 conviction for supporting his girlfriend and family with some of $2 million he funneled from 2002 through 2009 through sham non-profit groups. Seabrook, who also served as a state assemblyman and senator, is scheduled to be released in 2017.

His trial attracted attention in part because evidence offered by the government included a doctored receipt that increased the price of a $7 sandwich and Snapple to $177.

Defense lawyer Anthony Ricco said Seabrook had a long and dignified career in politics but in the end was “consumed by the dragons he once sought to slay.”

“It’s up to next generation to learn from his life and take it to the next level,” Ricco said. “The problems remain to be conquered.”

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