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Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy and fraud, was indicted Thursday on 16 felony counts by a federal grand jury, the U. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is facing such charges as racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud. Blagojevich, 52, faces charges including racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators, according to the release.

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Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy and fraud, was indicted Thursday on 16 felony counts by a federal grand jury, the U. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is facing such charges as racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud. Blagojevich, 52, faces charges including racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators, according to the release.

Three counts in the indictment are against the aides and advisers. In a written statement, Blagojevich maintained his innocence -- as he has done throughout a political soap opera that captivated the nation.

I now will fight in the courts to clear my name. He was filmed shortly before the indictments were handed down. In the WESH video, the ex-governor was sitting near a pool at the resort. Senate seat. That deadline ends Tuesday. On Thursday, current Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called the charges a reminder for political leaders in the state to help stamp out corruption, and he pledged to "work night and day to clean up our government.

Among the specific claims in the page indictment are that Blagojevich schemed with others in , even before he took office, to use his position to make money, which they would split after he left office. The indictment said that after Obama was elected president, Blagojevich began meeting with others to figure out a way he could make money from his position to appoint a replacement senator. He had asked his brother to meet with an associate of "Senate Candidate A" and say that some of those contributions needed to come through before he made the appointment, but the meeting was canceled after a newspaper article reported that Blagojevich had been recorded talking about selling the seat.

A lengthy FBI affidavit alleges that Blagojevich was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps trying to profit from the Senate vacancy. The indictment said that Blagojevich communicated "directly and with the assistance of others" with people he believed were in contact with Obama, trying to gain political favor by possibly appointing someone the president-elect supported.

Those leaders said a special election should be called because of the controversy over the appointment. Blagojevich and his administration, and it underscores the culture of corruption that has afflicted our state for far too long," state Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a written statement. The Illinois House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in January to impeach Blagojevich, accusing him of abusing his gubernatorial power. Blagojevich faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the 15 most serious charges in the indictment, and five years on a single indictment of making false statements.

The government also charges that Blagojevich has bought property with money he got illegally, and is going after homes he owns in Chicago and Washington. In addition to the Blagojevich brothers and Harris, also charged in the indictments were businessman and fundraiser Christopher Kelly, 50; lobbyist and longtime Blagojevich associate Alonzo Monk, 50; and William F. Cellini Sr.

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See how this article appeared when it was originally published on NYTimes. Blagojevich, his family and his friends. Running 75 pages, the indictment had been expected for nearly four months, since Mr. Blagojevich was arrested. The former governor, a second-term Democrat whose political career has come apart, was charged with 16 felonies, including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and making false statements to federal agents. Blagojevich, who was believed to be vacationing with his family near Walt Disney World in Florida when the indictment was announced here late Thursday, issued a statement through his publicist. I now will fight in the courts to clear my name.

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Blagojevich left with Emil Jones center and Jeffrey Schoenberg right at the Illinois Executive Mansion for a luncheon after Barack Obama launched his campaign in From to , Blagojevich served as federal liaison for the Democratic Governors Association. By early , five Republicans campaigned in the primary for the right to challenge him in the general election , with state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka eventually winning the nomination. Blagojevich formally began his reelection campaign for Governor of Illinois on February 19, Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor.

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