Former US Rep. Renzi convicted on 17 of 32 counts

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal jury in Tucson has found former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi guilty on 17 of 32 counts in a corruption case.

Renzi was accused of trying to engineer a federal land swap for personal financial gain and of looting clients’ premiums from his family insurance business to pay for his 2002 campaign then lying about it to regulators.

Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona’s sprawling 1st Congressional District from early 2003 until early 2009. He chose not to run for re-election in 2008 while facing a federal indictment. The 32 felony counts included conspiracy, extortion and money laundering.

His lawyer claimed the prosecution’s case was fabricated by FBI agents, while authorities said Renzi used his business and his elected office for corrupt purposes to benefit himself.

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