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John Liu's Ex-Treasurer Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

The lawyer for New York City Comptroller John Liu says his client may seek to be tried separately from her codefendant.

Attorney Gerald Lefcourt notified a judge of the possibility Tuesday as his client, Jia Hou, pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. Her name was added last week to an indictment returned against a New Jersey man. The man was arrested several months ago on charges he conspired to funnel illegal contributions donated by an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. He too pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Lefcourt says he'll have more to say about the reasons for a severance motion at the next hearing July 10.

Hou is charged with being part of a scheme that used straw donors to funnel illegal contributions to the campaign.

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