Councilman, wife plead not guilty in federal corruption case

Pennsylvania

FILE- -This file photo from Oct. 11, 2018 shows Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson as he discusses bail reform during a news conference at City Hall in Philadelphia. Johnson and his wife, Dawn Chavous were indicted on fraud charges in what officials are calling a “widespread corruption conspiracy,” federal authorities said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia City Council member and his wife have pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in what officials said was a “widespread corruption conspiracy.”

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his wife, Dawn Chavous, were each released after posting $15,000 bonds.

They are charged with honest services wire fraud in a 22-count indictment that was handed up Wednesday and could each face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Johnson, a 46-year-old Democrat, has served on the council since 2012. Two former executives of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Universal Companies were also charged and have pleaded not guilty.

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