April 2nd, 2009
06:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich indicted on 16 additional felony counts

 Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is facing such charges as racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is facing such charges as racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, already facing conspiracy and fraud charges, was indicted on 16 additional felony counts by a federal grand jury on Thursday.

The indictment charges Blagojevich, and some of his closest aides and advisers, with a wide-ranging "scheme to deprive the people of Illinois of honest government," according to a statement by the attorney's office.

Blagojevich, 52, was charged with racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators, among other charges, according to the release.

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