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Arizona politician charged with bribery

May 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

PHOENIX, May 17 (UPI) -- Arizona state Rep. Ben Arredondo is charged with bribery and fraud in a federal indictment, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Arredondo, 63, is accused of receiving $6,000 in tickets to local sporting events while he was a member of the Tempe City Council in exchange for helping facilitate a development deal involving undercover FBI agents.

The charges include bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and false statements, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Arredondo will be arraigned May 30 in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Lawrence O. Anderson, the statement said.

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