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Appeals Court Upholds $100M Contracting Conviction

Law360 (October 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A year after pleading guilty to racketeering and fraud charges, a Chicago businessman who conspired to cheat insurers for workers' comp and snatch city contracts earmarked for women- and minority-owned firms has suffered another blow, with a federal appeals court affirming his conviction and sentence.

The ruling, handed down Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, affirmed the convictions of James M. Duff and his co-defendants as well as the district court’s evidentiary rulings.

Duff, a white contractor with political connections, was...
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