Paladino Staff Member Indicted, Accused of Stealing from NY Mayor Bloomberg

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM EDT

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Paladino Staff Member Indicted, Accused of Stealing from NY Mayor Bloomberg

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY (WKBW) -- The New York Daily News is reporting that John Haggerty, one of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's most trusted campaign aides, was indicted for allegedly stealing $1.1 million of the mayor's money.

John Haggerty is current staffer for gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino. He is accused of planning a phantom poll-watching operation, then covering his tracks with phony checks, and buying a house with the mayor's money.

The NY Daily News says that Haggerty was supposed to spend $1,076,750 on Election Day last fall to field more than 1,700 workers to monitor polling places.

It is alleged that Haggerty spent only about $32,000, and used the rest to buy out his brother Bart's share of their late father's home.

Michael Caputo, the campaign manager for Carl Paladino, released the this statement following the indictment:

"Like all Americans, John Haggerty enters this investigation with the presumption of innocence. Unlike a typical career politician, Carl Paladino doesn't throw his friends under the bus. John joined our campaign just 45 days ago and he quickly became a part of our family. He's a loyal and straightforward man of character. We are satisfied with John's version of events and he will remain on our team in his present capacity."

Read the story from the New York Daily News here.