A jury Thursday has found Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills guilty on five of six counts against him in his corruption trial.
Wills was accused of stealing more than $30,000 in taxpayer money, funneling it through his nonprofit group, then using it, among other things, on clothes, fast food, gas and, in one case, a $690 Louis Vuitton handbag.
After the verdict, he was upbeat and defiant. "I'm just going to sit here and make sure that my community knows that I'm innocent," Wills said to reporters. "I didn't steal any money. I'm disappointed in the verdict."
A city councilman representing southeast Queens since 2011, Wills now automatically loses his council seat.
Wills faces up to seven years in prison. His attorney plans to appeal.
Let's recall that the Queens Machine endorsed him while he was under indictment.
Now what happens? Do they pick his successor?