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Feds to bring up Rod Blagojevich in Raghuveer Nayak sentencing

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CHICAGO — A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is to be sentenced this month, and federal prosecutors are asking the judge to take into consideration his alleged role in the Rod Blagojevich scandal.

Raghuveer Nayak wasn't charged in the case of the imprisoned former governor. But Nayak is alleged to have offered to raise $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign if he named then-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to President Obama's old Senate seat.

A government court filing says the sentencing judge should consider those allegations, arguing that Nayak "corrupted the political process."

Nayak will be sentenced Jan. 22 for bribing doctors for referrals to surgery centers he owned. Prosecutors are seeking a prison term of up to seven years and three months.

Nayak's attorneys asked for time to respond to the filing.

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