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Former Arizona legislator to be sentenced for fraud

PHOENIX — A former Arizona legislator will be sentenced Wednesday for his
convictions on charges that he solicited and accepted a bribe while he was a
Tempe city councilman.

Former Rep. Ben Arredondo was also convicted on charges that he misled donors about a scholarship fund to benefit his

He had pleaded guilty in October to honest services wire
fraud, the technical charge for bribery that is often used in public corruption

He also pleaded guilty to wire fraud for setting up a scholarship fund for his
relatives while telling donors it was for average youth.

The plea agreement recommends that a federal judge sentence Arredondo to
between 27 months and 51 months in prison.

The maximum sentence is 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.


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