Former Philly Campaign Manager Admits to Stealing $100K

John McDaniel pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. He faces a potential 15-to-21 month jail sentence

By Luann Cahn and Lauren DiSanto
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:11 PM EDT
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John McDaniel pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing money from the campaign account of a Philadelphia City Councilwoman. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn spoke exclusively with McDaniel outside of court.

Lu Ann Cahn NBC10 - Philadelphia

John McDaniel pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing money from the campaign account of a Philadelphia City Councilwoman. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn spoke exclusively with McDaniel outside of court.

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A former campaign manager for a Philadelphia City Councilwoman admitted in federal court today to stealing $100,000 from a campaign account.

John McDaniel, 39, was the treasurer of the campaign fund for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. "He forged another person's name on the reports as a treasurer, but he actually controlled the bank account," said Paul Gray, U.S. Assistant Attorney.

Federal authorities say McDaniel withdrew the funds between 2010 and 2011.

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics recently exposed McDaniel, along with Councilwoman Brown for using the campaign funds for their own personal finances. Reynolds has not been charged with any crime, but she did recently apologize to voters.

McDaniel was working a $87,000-a-year job at Philadelphia International Airport up until last month, when he was fired by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

NBC10's Luann Cahn tracked down McDaniel outside of court today and questioned him about being given a second chance by the mayor. "I'm appreciative to his efforts, no further comment," said McDaniel.

He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and has agreed to pay restitution. McDaniel faces a potential 15-to-21 month jail sentence.

"We thought the best way to handle this was for him to accept responsibility," said Charles M. Gibbs, McDaniel's lawyer.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 14.

 


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