Jury Finds Harvey Whittemore Guilty - 8 News NOW

Jury Finds Harvey Whittemore Guilty

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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A former Nevada powerbroker has been convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.

A federal jury reached its verdict Wednesday in the case against real estate developer and once powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.

The federal jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on charges of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

The jury was deadlocked on a fourth charge of making a false statement to the FBI.

Prosecutors say Whittemore gave money to family members and employees in 2007 to make contributions he had promised to Reid while concealing himself as the true source to skirt campaign finance laws.

"Persons who knowingly violate campaign contribution laws will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Daniel Bogden, U.S. Attorney for Nevada.

Reid has not been accused of any wrongdoing and did not testify during the trial.

Whittemore is free on a personal recognizance bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2013. He is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.



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