Closing Arguments at Alderman's Federal Corruption Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A prosecutor says a Milwaukee alderman defrauded campaign donors and used their money personally. But, a defense attorney says the federal government has failed to put together a viable case against his client, Paul Henningsen.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Johnson says Henningsen took nearly $25,000 from donors for his own personal spending money.

Johnson says Henningsen needed money to pay credit card bills, a home mortgage, his daughter's college tuition and back taxes.

Henningsen is charged with one federal count of extortion by a public official and four federal counts of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling from his campaign fund and falsifying spending reports.

Henningsen's attorney, Dennis Coffey, says the prosecution's case falls short of fraud or extortion. Coffey reminded jurors Henningsen is innocent until proven guilty.

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