Larry Seabrook, 58, a Bronx, NY city councilman, is charged with funneling $2.5 million to himself, family and friends.
His scams include altering a $7 receipt for a bagel sandwich and a diet drink to read $177 for a lunch that was delivered to City Hall. Amazingly the City reimbursed him. The guy shook down the New York Yankees to award a lucrative boiler contract to a Bronx Company that kicked back $41,000 to him.
His lawyer explained the $177 charge by saying, “Bagels can be expensive..”
The crooked politician also paid his wife, girlfriend, brothers, sisters and nephews $500,000 for not working for various nonprofit covers.
According to the New York Post “His alleged scams were at least partially aided by the City Council’s longtime improper practice of keeping a “slush fund” for members – earmarked money, set aside in the names of phony entities, that the politicians could tap for their pet projects at their discretion. The Post exposed the council slush scandal in 2008, igniting a series of investigations.”
He is free awaiting a hearing.