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Surrender of Former Bloomberg Aide Convicted of Pocketing Campaign Funds Delayed by Two Weeks

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The Republican operative convicted of stealing money from Mayor Michael Bloomberg during his 2009 re-election campaign has been granted an extension before going back to jail.

John Haggerty is heading to prison after losing his final appeal in the state's highest court last week.

Haggerty's attorney successfully argued that he should be granted two weeks to care for an aunt having cataract surgery before going back to prison.

"The judge agreed to delay Mr. Haggerty's surrender for two weeks until July 21 so that he could care for a relative, an 85-year-old relative, and Mr. Haggerty will be back in two weeks and continue to serve his sentence at that point," said Paul Shechtman, Haggerty's attorney.

In 2011, Haggerty was convicted of stealing $750,000 that Bloomberg had given to the state Independence Party for poll monitoring.

His lawyer has said he used the money to buy a house.

Haggerty was sentenced to a year and three months to four years in state prison.

He has already served five months, so he may spend as little as 10 more months in jail.

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