Blago's former chief fundraiser due for sentencing - KMOV.com

Blago's former chief fundraiser due for sentencing

CHICAGO (AP) -- A roofing contractor who helped ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich raise millions of campaign dollars faces sentencing for hiding his use of company funds to buy a house and pay gambling debts.

Christopher Kelly is set to appear before U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo on Monday for sentencing on the first of three federal indictments pending against him.

Kelly also faces charges that he defrauded two airlines in an O'Hare International Airport roofing deal and joined Blagojevich in a racketeering conspiracy to use the muscle of the governor's office to generate money. He's pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Prosecutors have plainly been hoping the pressure of so many charges would persuade Kelly to become a witness against Blagojevich. But thus far there's no sign that he's ready to cooperate.

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