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Lawmaker indicted on fraud charges due in court

CHICAGO — An Illinois lawmaker indicted on federal bank fraud and other charges is due in court.

The arraignment of state Rep. LaShawn Ford is set for Tuesday morning in Chicago's federal court.

Federal prosecutors announced the charges last week.

The Chicago Democrat is accused of fraudulently obtaining a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of credit from the failed ShoreBank. Authorities allege Ford falsely said he intended to use the money 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 for his 2006 campaign.

Ford has said that he didn't break the law and looks forward to the truth being told.


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