Former NY senator pleads guilty to fraud charges
5/4/2012 1:42:18 PM - AP News
NEW YORK (AP) — A disgraced New York politician accused of using taxpayer money to fund his 2006 campaign has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.Queens Democrat Hiram Monserrate (HY'-ruhm mahn-suh-RAHT') entered the plea Friday in federal court in Manhattan.Prosecutors had accused Monserrate of secretly funneling more than $100,000 to his failed state Senate primary bid. They said the money was meant for community programs.After losing the 2006 race, the former New York Police Department officer was elected to the state Senate in 2008. He was expelled two years later following a misdemeanor conviction for assaulting his girlfriend.