A former executive connected to Rod Blagojevich's "pay-to-play" scheme gets sentenced. Ali Ata got two year in prison after testifying in Blagojevich's first corruption trial. Ata was a former executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority and donated $50,000 to the then governor for the state job.
Ata testimony helped convict Blagojevich of the one count of lying to the FBI in his first trial. But he never took the stand in the retrial.
Ata pleaded guilty to making false statements to a government agent and to filing a false income tax return.
Convictions on the two counts normally carry a maximum eight-year sentence. But Ata's plea agreement calls for a sentence of between one and one-and-a-half years because he cooperated with prosecutors.
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