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Blago Witness Sentenced to Probation for Corruption Role

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Blago Witness Sentenced to Probation for Corruption Role
Jack Higgins

Joseph A. Cari, a prominent Democratic fundraiser with ties to convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko, Tuesday recieved a sentence of three years probation for his role in the corruption case that dragged down Rod Blagojevich.

Cari once worked as a finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee. Now he'll serve three years probation, nine months of home confinement and pay $50,000.

He'll also perform 250 hours of community service.

Cari testified in the first Blagojevich trial that the former governor asked him to head his fund raising operation. He said Blagojevich implied that big donors would be rewarded with state contracts.

Prosecutors said Cari was contrite and cooperative from the moment he was approached by federal authorities.

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