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Arizona Congressman Renzi Has Charges Added To His Indictment

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A racketeering charge and other counts have been added to an indictment against Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.

The indictment made public Thursday also adds another defendant in the case against Renzi, a three-term Republican who will leave Congress when his term expires.

Renzi was indicted by a federal grand jury in February. He is accused of engineering a swap of federally owned mining land to benefit himself and a former business partner.

Renzi pleaded not guilty to the original charges. His attorney, Reid Weingarten, says the government is "piling on unwarranted charges ... to try to coerce Congressman Renzi into a guilty plea."