Hiram Monserrate Pleads Guilty in Federal Court - NBC New York

Hiram Monserrate Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

The plea is connected to charges he helped steal tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money



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    Former Queens State Sen. Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty in federal court Friday as part of a plea deal on accusations that he helped steal hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for community services when he was a city councilman.

    He had been accused of diverting money meant for a community group, with some of the funds going to finance his failed 2006 state Senate campaign.

    Monserrate pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

    "At the time I knew my conduct was wrong and not legal, and I take full responsibility for my actions," Monserrate told a federal judge in Manhattan.

    Monserrate, 44, faces about two years in prison under sentencing guidelines. Sentencing was set for Sept. 14.

    Monserrate and at least one worker at his Queens office were accused in 2010 of faking expense reports in 2006 as well as other billings to improperly collect the money, sources told NBC 4 New York at the time.

    Monserrate was convicted in 2009 on an unrelated misdemeanor assault charge for attacking his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo. He was sentenced to probation and counseling, and was subsequently expelled from the state Senate by a vote of his colleagues.

    Monserrate then lost an attempt to win back his seat. He later tried to run for the state Assembly from the same area, but lost that race as well.

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