Philly Campaign Manager Gets 1 Year for Theft

John McDaniel pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 9:32 PM EDT
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Former Campaign Fundraiser Could Face Jail Time

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NBC10's Luann Cahn questions John McDaniel outside of court.

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A former campaign manager for a Philadelphia city councilwoman has been sentenced to a year in prison on a wire fraud charge connected to the theft of $100,000 from the campaign and a union's political arm.

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Former Campaign Fundraiser Could Face Jail Time

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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Thirty-nine-year-old John D. McDaniel who pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.
 
Authorities said the charges stemmed from his work for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and a Laborers Union political action committee, the Progressive Agenda PAC. 
 
Prosecutors said McDaniel has agreed to pay restitution.  He earlier lost his $87,000-a-year job directing volunteers at Philadelphia International Airport.
 
Defense attorney Charles Gibbs told KYW that it was ``a sad day'' for his client but he is ``looking forward to getting on with the next stage of his life.''

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