Criminal Law

Congressman’s Ex-Aide Snared on Campaign-Finance Counts

PHILADELPHIA (CN) – In a campaign-finance scandal that threatened to bring down a U.S. congressman, the only defendant who rolled the dice on a trial was convicted late Monday of nine counts.

Federal prosecutors indicted Kenneth Smukler, 58, last fall shortly after Jimmie Moore, a former judge with the Philadelphia Municipal Court, pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Elections Commission about a $90,000 payment he took from his opponent to drop out of the 2012 election.

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