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Indicted Chicago lawmaker says he's innocent

CHICAGO (AP) — An indicted state lawmaker says he believes he didn't break the law and looks forward to the truth being told.

Rep. La Shawn Ford was indicted Thursday on federal bank fraud and other charges.

Federal authorities allege the Chicago Democrat fraudulently obtained a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of credit from the failed ShoreBank. Authorities say the lawmaker falsely stated that he intended to use the funds for work related to his real-estate business.

Instead, they allege, he put the money toward car loans, credit cards, payments to a casino and his 2006 campaign for Illinois State Representative.

The charges do not involve Ford's position as a legislator. He first won office in 2006.

In a statement Ford says he's innocent and announced meetings for constituents.


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