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CHICAGO � The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago indicted Christopher Kelly, an Illinois businessman and former fundraiser for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Kelly, 49, was indicted on federal tax fraud charges, including 12 counts of filing false individual and corporate federal income tax returns, illegally structuring monetary transactions and impeding an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a press release. Kelly allegedly understated his income over the past five years by $1.3 million, including $1 million in individual income and $300,000 in corporate income, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said at a press conference. Kelly also allegedly illegally used some corporate funds to pay for personal expenses, including payment of gambling debt, Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald emphasized that these charges are focused solely on tax violations and he declined to comment on whether Kelly is part of any investigation of the governor or another fundraiser who was indicted previously. Blagojevich, a Democrat, is now in his second term. Michael D. Monico, a lawyer for Kelly who appeared at the federal courthouse building shortly after Fitzgerald’s press conference, said that the charges against his client are not political and are only tied to his client’s personal and business life. Kelly is in disagreement with the government about the calculation of the taxes and it will be shown ultimately that he does not owe any taxes, Monico said.

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