Whittemore Guilty on Three Counts; Mistrial on Fourth

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATE: The jury could not reach a verdict on the fourth charge of lying to the FBI. They judge declared a mistrial on that charge. Sentencing for Whittemore is scheduled for September 23 at 11am.

Whittemore is free on his own recognizance bond pending sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.


RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former Nevada powerbroker has been convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.

A federal jury reached its verdict Wednesday in the case against real estate developer and once powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.

The federal jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on charges of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

The jury was deadlocked on a fourth charge of making a false statement to the FBI.

Prosecutors say Whittemore gave money to family members and employees in 2007 to make contributions he had promised to Reid while concealing himself as the true source to skirt campaign finance laws.

Reid has not been accused of any wrongdoing and did not testify during the trial.

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