- Associated Press - Thursday, August 10, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City councilman who was convicted of stealing more than $30,000 in public campaign funds and state grant money meant for a charity has been sentenced to prison.

Ruben Wills was sentenced Thursday to a term of two to six years. He also was ordered to pay about $38,000 in restitution and fines.

Prosecutors say Wills used the money to buy clothes and fancy purses, including a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag.

The Wall Street Journal reports Wills‘ attorney says community service would have been more appropriate.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE’-dur-muhn) is a fellow Democrat whose office brought the charges. He says Wills betrayed the public trust and will now “pay the price.”

Wills‘ conviction on public corruption crimes is being appealed.


Information from: The Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com

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