Prosecutor: Blagojevich money woes led to scheme

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO -- A federal prosecutor tells jurors that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama because of his money problems.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Chris Niewoehner said Monday that by the end of 2008, Blagojevich's personal debt had climbed 400 percent in six years.

Niewoehner says that the people who previously had helped Blagojevich raise money essentially had to stop their fundraising because of FBI investigations into Blagojevich confidants.

The prosecutor says Blagojevich's money woes also were because he spent elaborately on himself and his wife.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty in an alleged scheme to sell Obama's old Senate seat and plotting to illegally pressure people for campaign contributions.

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