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ARGUED JANUARY 14, 2010

Before FLAUM, ROVNER, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.

On April 3, 2008, Steven Boone was indicted along with Alderman Arenda Troutman, on a number of charges relating to a political corruption scheme run out of her aldermanic office, in which housing developers were forced to pay bribes to her office in order to secure the alderman’s support. Prior to trial, Troutman pled guilty to two counts of the 15-count indictment, and the government proceeded to trial against Boone on four of the remaining counts: Count IV-mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1346; Counts V and VI-bribery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666(a)(1)(B); and Count XIV-making false statements to an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2). The jury convicted Boone on the mail fraud count, but acquitted him on the bribery charges. It also convicted him of one count of making false statements to the FBI. Boone appeals only his conviction for mail fraud.

 
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