CHICAGO
12/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cellini Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Corruption Case


Springfield millionaire William Cellini pleaded not guilty to charges that he plotted with influence peddler Tony Rezko to shakedown a Hollywood businessman.

Cellini appeared briefly Friday before U.S. District Judge James Zagel at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago.

His attorney Dan K. Webb told the court that Cellini pleads not guilty to "each and every charge in the indictment."

Cellini is accused of scheming with Rezko to squeeze money from Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg, whose money management firm was seeking business from a state pension fund.

Rezko is awaiting sentencing for using his clout with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration to try to get payoffs from companies seeking state business.