Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy and fraud, was indicted Thursday on. Second superseding indictment against Rod Blagojevich, et al. Final 2d Superseding Indict. Copyright © , Chicago Tribune. A federal indictment alleges Rod Blagojevich tried to block money for sick children and students unless he got big political contributions.
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Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted yesterday on charges of trying to auction off Barack Obama’s vacant US Senate seat along with new corruption allegations that he tried to extort a congressman.
A sweeping count federal indictment alleges that Blagojevich discussed with aides the possibility of getting a Cabinet post in the new president’s administration, substantial fund-raising assistance or a high-paying job in exchange for the Senate seat. Obama’s deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, said the White House would not comment. The indictment does not allege any wrongdoing by Obama or his associates.
Prosecutors also accused Blagojevich and members of his inner circle of scheming to line their pockets with millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains, squeezing contractors, hospital owners and others seeking state business for kickbacks they planned to split after the governor left office.
I am innocent,” Blagojevich said in a statement. I would ask the good people of Illinois to wait for the trial and afford me the presumption of innocence that they would give to all their friends and neighbours.
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich indicted
His brother, two former aides, a former fundraiser and a lobbyist were also indicted. Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, was not indicted.
The congressman’s identity wasn’t released. It also says Blagojevich was involved in a corrupt scheme to get a massive kickback in exchange for the refinancing of billions of dollars in state pension funds.
And, according to the indictment, Blagojevich told an aide he didn’t want executives with two financial institutions getting further state business after he concluded they were not helping his wife get a high-paying job.
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Blagojevich was indicted on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy and attempted inditment, and making false statements. Blagojevich, 52, was arrested on 9 December on a criminal complaint and US attorney Patrick J Fitzgerald had faced a Tuesday deadline supplant it with an indictment handed up by a federal grand jury. Blagojevicn Democrat’s arrest led to his political downfall: The Illinois house impeached him on 9 January. The senate convicted him and removed him from office on 29 January.
Second superseding indictment against Rod Blagojevich, et al – Chicago Tribune
Blagojevich’s administration has been under federal investigation for years and Kelly and Rezko already have been convicted of federal crimes and are awaiting sentencing. Yesterday’s indictment said that in the former governor’s first year in office Blagojevich, Monk, Kelly and Rezko agreed to direct big-money state business involved in refinancing billions of dollars in pension bonds as part of a deal with a lobbyist who promised a massive kickback in return.
The lobbyist wasn’t identified. Prosecutors said Harris has agreed to cooperate. Barack Obama Illinois news.