Juror sentenced to prison in bribery case - KMOV.com

Juror sentenced to prison in bribery case

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A juror in the Virgin Islands tax-evasion and conspiracy trial of an eventually acquitted Illinois car dealer and three co-defendants has been ordered to spend three years in prison for trying to solicit a bribe.

Dorothy Hendricks, 54, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jurors there cleared Jamie Auffenberg Jr. of Belleville in March after a six-week trial, along with the promoters of a Virgin Islands-based tax shelter called Kapok LLC.

Hendricks admitted that she sought a payment from one of Auffenberg's lawyers in exchange for her vote for acquittal.

Hendricks never got a chance to decide Auffenberg's trial. The attorney Hendricks is accused of approaching for a payment of $3,000 to $5,000 quickly told the judge, and Hendricks was replaced by an alternate juror.

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