Schmitz wraps up testimony at federal fraud trial

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Sue Schmitz has ended her testimony at her federal fraud trial in Decatur after several hours of defending her work for a two-year college sprogram.

During intense cross-examination Friday by a federal prosecutor, Schmitz at times struggled to remember names of people that she talked to as part of her job to promote a youth-mentoring program.

Under questioning by federal prosecutor William Athanas, Schmitz said she did not lie when she testified that she worked for the $177,000 she received from the program over three years. Jurors were sent home for the weekend after prosecutors called one rebuttal witness Friday afternoon.

Jurors could begin deliberating Schmitz fate Monday afternoon.

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