Ex-Ill. Campaign Aide Gets Probation For HHS Bribe Scheme

Law360, Chicago (January 24, 2014, 7:39 PM EST) -- A former Illinois lawmaker’s campaign treasurer was sentenced Friday to three years of probation for his lead role in a bribery scheme aimed at scoring a slew of $25,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, avoiding the prison term sought by prosecutors.

Dean Nichols, 63, one of seven defendants swept up in an FBI sting operation in 2012, also must pay $3,750 in restitution and a $10,000 fine, and perform community service, U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur ordered at a sentencing...
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