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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