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Chicago alderman's chief of staff charged

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 4:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman's chief of staff faces federal charges for accepting a $7,500 bribe in exchange for helping to secure a letter from his boss supporting a liquor license.

The FBI and U.S. attorney's offices in Chicago announced the criminal complaint against Curtis V. Thompson in Friday statements. Neither their statements nor the complaint names the alderman.

The 62-yearold Thompson is charged with bribery. A conviction carries a maximum 10-year prison term.

The complaint describes phone conversations and meetings in 2012 with a cooperating witness who sought help getting the license.

During one meeting, the complaint says the cooperating witness passed a note to the alderman, saying, "12K to you for letter of support."

Thompson's scheduled to appear in court Friday. There's no available phone listing for him in Chicago.

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