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posted: 7/19/2012 6:47 AM

Sentencing is set in Blagojevich-linked case

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A man who admitted to perpetrating frauds and being a longtime drug addict is to appear before a federal judge for sentencing in a corruption case linked to imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Stuart Levine pleaded guilty in 2006 to mail fraud and money laundering as part of a scheme with Blagojevich crony Tony Rezko to solicit kickbacks.

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The millionaire turned shopping-mall salesman testified for prosecutors during the corruption trials of Rezko and longtime powerbroker William Cellini.

Levine entered his guilty plea in hopes of getting a 5 -year prison term. He theoretically faces a maximum life sentence.

During trials of Rezko and Cellini, Levine admitted he used narcotics for decades. He also described cheating a deceased friend's estate out of $2 million.

Levine was a Teachers' Retirement System board member.

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