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Summations begin in Dan Halloran corruption trial

Dan Halloran exits federal court in White Plains

Dan Halloran exits federal court in White Plains on April 22, 2013. Credit: Charles Eckert

A prosecutor described former Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran as a money-mad politician for sale as closing arguments began Friday in his bribery trial in federal court in White Plains.

Prosecutor Justin Anderson reminded jurors, who are expected to begin deliberations on Monday, of the secretly recorded comment from Halloran that money "greases the wheels" of politics that made headlines when he was indicted last year with Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

"That's a window into Halloran's mind," the prosecutor said. "That's how a politician on the take talks."

Halloran, a Republican, is charged with taking more than $20,000 in payoffs from two undercover FBI operatives posing as corrupt developers to funnel city money to them and to help bribe Republican county leaders to allow Democrat Smith to run on the GOP line in the 2013 mayoral primary.

Halloran lawyer Vinoo Varghese told the jury that his client had "a big mouth" and engaged in loose talk on tape as the FBI tried to entangle him in a crime, but he never "crossed the line." Halloran has admitted taking money from the undercovers, but says he never actually got city funds for them and viewed the money as consulting fees.

After both sides complete their summations and the judge gives instructions, the case is expected to go to the jury Monday afternoon. Smith's trial is scheduled for next year.

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