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Tax return evidence presented at Beavers trial

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are continuing to present evidence against a Cook County commissioner accused of diverting campaign money for gambling and personal use, then not reporting it as income.

Government attorneys Monday showed jurors federal tax returns from 2006 through 2008 where William Beavers didn't report any campaign money as income.

But in a bid to show the 78-year-old Chicago Democrat understood he needed to report such money, prosecutors also entered his 2005 returns.

They showed he entered $43,000 in campaign money that year. Beavers also attached a letter saying he knew the campaign cash was income.

Friday, prosecutors entered records showing Beavers lost $500,000 at slot machines from 2006 through 2008. The 2005 returns indicate he lost an additional $230,000 that year.

Beavers has pleaded not guilty to four tax-related counts.

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