Schmitz found guilty in Decatur corruption trial

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - A federal jury has found state Rep. Sue Schmitz guilty of 7 counts of fraud in her second trial.

Today's felony convictions automatically remove Schmitz from the Legislature.

Schmitz, D-Toney, was charged with four counts of mail fraud and four counts of fraud for getting paid more than $177,000 from a federally funded program and doing little or no work over three years.

In September, a jury unable to reach a verdict was deadlocked 11-1 for conviction on at least one count of the indictment, forcing the second trial.

The jury began deliberating Monday afternoon.

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