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Man pleads guilty in DC corruption probe

Thursday - 6/20/2013, 2:39pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Maryland businessman has admitted in federal court that he was reimbursed for $160,000 in campaign contributions by his boss, who's at the center of a wide-ranging political corruption investigation.

Lee Calhoun works for a District of Columbia accounting firm previously owned by Jeffrey Thompson. Although Thompson was not mentioned by name in court, Calhoun said he was reimbursed by the owner of the company for contributions made in his own and his relatives' names to various candidates for federal and local office.

Calhoun pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count of making straw contributions in 2011 to Delegate Donna Christensen, a Democrat who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands in Congress. He admitted that the straw donor scheme orchestrated by Thompson dates back to at least 2002.

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