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Former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner Heads To Prison Friday

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BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston city councilor convicted of taking a $1,000 bribe will begin serving his three year sentence in the coming week.

Chuck Turner was convicted in October of taking the bribe from a businessman who was cooperating with the FBI. He was also convicted of lying to the FBI.

Turner is scheduled to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on Friday to begin serving his sentence. It was unclear where he will serve his time.

Prosecutors said Turner accepted a wad of cash in 2007 during a handshake with a businessman seeking help getting a liquor license. Turner testified he didn’t remember his meeting with the businessman, which was secretly captured on FBI video.

The 70-year-old Turner, a longtime community activist, was expelled from the City Council after his conviction.

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