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Renzi found guilty on 17 of 32 counts in corruption case

Rick Renzi (Source: CBS 5 News) Rick Renzi (Source: CBS 5 News)

A federal jury in Tucson has convicted former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi on 17 of 32 counts in a corruption case.

"We are pleased that the jury acquitted Mr. Renzi on 15 counts," his attorney said in a statement. "We are disappointed by every guilty verdict. We will continue to fight these charges, including on appeal."

Sentencing is set before U.S. District Judge David C. Bury on Aug. 19.

Renzi, 55, was accused of trying to engineer a federal land swap for personal financial gain and of looting clients' premiums from his family insurance business to pay for his 2002 campaign, then lying about it to regulators.

Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's sprawling 1st Congressional District from early 2003 until early 2009. He chose not to run for re-election in 2008 while facing a federal indictment. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts, including conspiracy, extortion and money laundering.

His lawyer claimed the prosecution's case was fabricated by FBI agents, while authorities said he used his business and his elected office for corrupt purposes to benefit himself.

Renzi was indicted in February 2008, and in October 2008, Renzi moved to dismiss the indictment under his rights as a member of Congress under the Speech or Debate Clause.

The court denied his motion in February 2010, and Renzi pursued an interlocutory appeal. After Renzi's appeal was unsuccessful, trial was set for May 2013.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.