- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A former Queens Democratic district leader and City Council candidate has been convicted of federal charges.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Albert Baldeo was convicted Monday on seven counts of obstruction of justice.

He was acquitted of three fraud-related counts related to claims for city matching funds which were never awarded.

Prosecutors said Baldeo lied and instructed others to lie about the source of his campaign contributions. They say he also used threats and intimidation.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 16. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Baldeo, an immigration lawyer, lost the 2010 election to Ruben Willis.

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