Blagojevich Contributor Won't See Prison For Lying To FBI

Law360, Chicago (July 17, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A former Illinois Finance Authority executive director ducked prison time at his sentencing Tuesday for tax fraud and lying to the FBI about paying thousands in campaign contributions for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich that he believed were required to get and keep his job.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel instead sentenced Ali Ata, 60, to four years of probation. The sentence came more than four years after Ata inked a plea deal with prosecutors in April 2008 and copped to one count of making false statements...
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