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US Rep. Rick Renzi sentenced for corruption, money laundering

Former Arizona congressman Rick Renzi Former Arizona congressman Rick Renzi

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi has been sentenced to three years in prison, four months after being convicted on public corruption, money laundering and other charges.

Renzi's co-defendant, James Sandlin, was also sentenced Monday to serve 18 months in prison for his role in the extortion, bribery and money laundering scheme.

A federal jury convicted Renzi, 55, in June on 17 of 32 counts accusing him of using his office for personal financial gain and looting a family insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign. He was acquitted on the remaining counts.

Sandlin was convicted of 13 felony offenses including conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, extortion under color of official right and money laundering.

According to evidence at trial, Renzi, then a member of Congress from Arizona's 1st Congressional District, promised in 2005 to use his legislative influence to profit from a federal land exchange that involved property owned by Sandlin, a real estate investor.

Renzi, a Republican, represented the sprawling district from early 2003 until early 2009.

Renzi chose not to run for re-election in 2008 while facing the federal indictment.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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