A Manhattan jury Thursday found now-former City Councilman Larry Seabrook guilty of nine out of 12 charges including mail and wire fraud after being accused of sending taxpayer dollars to Bronx nonprofits he controlled. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
He walked in to court Thursday morning as a representative from the Northeast Bronx.
Hours later, hand in hand with his wife, Larry Seabrook was no longer a councilman as he walked out.
After deliberating for two days, a jury convicted the former Bronx lawmaker of nine of the 12 federal corruption charges he faced. Those charges include conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud.
It was the second time he faced the charges. Last year, his case ended in a hung jury.
"I continue to have faith in God, faith in the system, faith in my attorneys and faith in where we are going to go and my wife and my family," Seabrook said after the decision was announced Thursday. "I continue to have faith and I continue to believe in the system and I'll prepare myself for whatever is next."
A felony conviction means Seabrook is immediately ejected from the City Council, where he has served since 2001.
Mayor Bloomberg is expected to schedule a special election to replace Seabrook for November.
Seabrook was found guilty of directing about $2 million in city tax dollars to nonprofit groups that he was in control of.
Those tax dollars were used to pay the salary of his girlfriend and consultant fees for his family, even those that lived out of state.
Prosecutors said these people did little, if any, work. They successfully argued Seabrook defrauded the city's taxpayers.
On Thursday, Seabrook, wouldn't say whether he would appeal.
"We're talking to my attorneys and then we'll find out what's the next step," he said.
Seabrook was acquitted of money laundering. He was accused of receiving kickbacks from a Bronx boilermaker who he put up for a job at the new Yankee Stadium.