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Idaho congressman found guilty in ethics case

A federal court jury found Rep. George Hansen (R) of Idaho guilty Monday on all four counts of filing false financial statements by omitting an $87,000 silver profit and loans involving Texas billionaire Nelson Bunker Hunt.

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Mr. Hansen was the first congressman convicted under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. He was convicted in 1975 of election law violations.

The Idaho legislator could receive a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each of four counts.

Hansen's lawyer, Nathan Lewin, said he would ask for a new trial on grounds errors were made in the proceedings.

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