NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says a political consultant stole more than $1 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg because he was desperate to buy his father's house when he died.The trial of consultant John Haggerty began Monday in Manhattan.Prosecutor Brian Weinberg tells jurors that Haggerty didn't have money but he had access to Bloomberg's campaign funds.Prosecutors say Haggerty got the mayor to give the state Independence Party $1.2 million for a poll-watching initiative in 2009. Bloomberg was then running for re-election. The mayor, an independent, was the Independence Party's top candidate.Prosecutors say Haggerty pocketed most of the money.Haggerty says he did the work he was paid for. Defense lawyer Raymond Castello says the campaign used Haggerty as a scapegoat.



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