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Hastert Arraignment on Federal Charges Rescheduled

Hastert is accused of withdrawing $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct"

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    The former House Speaker was indicted on charges he withdrew money from a bank in a manner to evade laws and then lied to the FBI when asked about the withdrawals. (Published Tuesday, June 2, 2015)

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment on federal charges has been rescheduled.

    A judge has ordered the hearing, originally scheduled for Thursday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building Courthouse in Chicago, to be moved to 2 p.m. on June 9. There was no explanation for the change.

    The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."

    The government will be represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Block. No attorney was listed as of Monday for Hastert.

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    The indictment of Dennis Hastert accused the former House Speaker of paying off a man to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School, a shocking revelation to those who consider themselves close friends. NBC Chicago’s Regina Waldroup reports. (Published Saturday, May 30, 2015)

    A federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday that Hastert was making payments to a man in order to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School.

    Hastert was indicted Thursday with making regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals.

    The indictment accused Hastert of promising a total of $3.5 million to the unnamed person.

    The indictment did not specify the alleged misconduct or identify "Individual A" other than saying the person was someone from Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was employed as teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981.

    Plano Residents Shocked by Hastert Charges

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    Dennis Hastert's Plano home was quiet Friday, but residents in the small community expressed disbelief about the charges lobbed against the former Speaker of the House. (Published Friday, May 29, 2015)

    District officials on Friday said they had no knowledge of any alleged misconduct.

    Hastert's name was removed Thursday from the Washington, D.C. lobbying and law firm where he worked, and a spokesperson there said Hastert had resigned.

    If convicted of the charges against him, Hastert faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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