Ill. Lawmaker Charged With Bribery After Sting

Law360, New York (March 14, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT) -- Ill. state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, was arrested Tuesday on a federal bribery charge, accused of accepting a $7,000 cash payment for assisting a day care center he believed was applying for a $50,000 state grant, according to prosecutors.

In an undercover operation, a Smith campaign worker cooperating with the FBI talked to Smith about helping a day care owner — who was actually fictitious — obtain a state grant in exchange for the money, the criminal complaint says. Many of those conversations were recorded, it...
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