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April 02, 2009

Blagojevich indicted

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was indicted this afternoon on 16 felony counts, including on racketeering, wire fraud, extortion, and for making false statements to federal agents.

The 75-page indictment repeats all the charges listed in the criminal complaint, and also added several additional charges – including one that alleges that convicted real estate developer. Tony Rezko illegally directed real estate commissions to Blagojevich’s wife.

Also charged in the indictment is Blagojevich’s former chief of staff John Harris; his brother Robert Blagojevich; fundraisers Christopher Kelly and William Cellini, Sr. and Illinois lobbyist Alonzo Monk.

Blagojevich is currently out of the state, spending a vacation with his family in Walt Disney World.