Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was indicted by federal prosecutors Thursday on additional charges that include racketeering and obstruction of justice.
CHICAGO — Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was indicted by federal prosecutors Thursday on additional charges that include racketeering and obstruction of justice.
The new charges came two weeks after Black pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in connection with the alleged looting of more than $80 million from the Hollinger International Inc. newspaper empire he once controlled.
The charges were brought in an indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago and announced by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
Black’s former associate, John Boultbee, also faces one new count of wire fraud in addition to the eight fraud counts he was charged with last month. Charges brought against co-defendants Peter Atkinson, Mark Kipnis and The Ravelston Corp. Ltd. remained unchanged.
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The expanded indictment against Black adds four new charges against him — one count each of racketeering, obstruction of justice, money laundering and wire fraud — in addition to the eight counts of mail fraud and wire fraud he was charged with on Nov. 17.
The obstruction count alleges that he illegally removed more than a dozen boxes of documents from his companies’ offices in Toronto last spring.