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By Kent Cooper Posted at 5:40 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2013
A former member of Congress has been sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering.
Former Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., was sentenced today by a federal judge, after being convicted on seventeen counts in June.
While in office, Renzi embezzled funds from his insurance brokerage and moved them to his campaign for Congress. He also tried to get the U.S. government to swap land with one of his business partners, to whom he was in debt.
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Kent Cooper has been uncovering and counting political money since 1972, when new disclosure laws took effect. He was assistant staff director for the Federal Election Commission's disclosure office for 22 years.
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