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Ex-Lawmaker Yee Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges

Rich Pedroncelli / AP
 

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

(AP) - Former California state Sen. Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to an expanded indictment in his corruption case that included two new charges of money-laundering.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Yee entered his plea on Thursday. The San Francisco Democrat was first charged in April of accepting $62,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as contributors.

A new indictment in July accused Yee and Keith Jackson, who acted as Yee's consultant and fundraiser, of collecting illicit contributions.

The latest federal grand jury indictment, issued Jan. 29, added allegations that Yee and Jackson had tried to conceal the source of bribes Yee allegedly received for arranging a meeting between a donor and another lawmaker and for smuggling guns from the Philippines.