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08/03/2012 11:16 am ET

Eugene Mullins, Ex-Spokesman For Todd Stroger, Indicted In Kickback Scheme

Todd Stroger's best friend since childhood and onetime chief media spokesman was indicted Thursday on public corruption charges as federal investigators appeared to bring increasing focus on the former Cook County Board president.

When Eugene Mullins was arrested at his work Thursday morning, FBI agents quickly asked him if he shared any alleged kickback money with his long-time pal Stroger, according to Mullins' attorney, Brunell Donald-Kyei.

Mullins, a former Chicago cop, denies taking any money for steering four county contracts to several men, Donald-Kyei said.

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