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Man Who Helped Foreigner Give to Obama Group Gets Probation

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 14:43:00-05

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who pleaded guilty to helping funnel an $80,000 campaign contribution from a foreign source to a joint fundraising committee of former President Barack Obama has been sentenced to probation.

Bilal Shehu, of Paramus, was sentenced to a year of probation in federal court in Newark on Thursday.

He previously admitted that he received the money from a foreign source and sent it to Obama's campaign committee so the person could attend a campaign event in San Francisco in October 2012.

No one in the fundraising committee was accused of any wrongdoing and prosecutors say they cooperated in the investigation.

U.S. law prohibits foreign nationals from making contributions to federal candidates.

William Argeros, a Florida man who also pleaded guilty in the scheme, will be sentenced Feb. 14.

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