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Feds Give Closing Arguments In Case Against Former Liu Campaign Treasurer, Fundraiser

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The federal fraud trial of two former campaign associates of John Liu is wrapping up, as prosecutors gave their closing arguments on Tuesday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Federal prosecutors say Jenny Hou and Oliver Pan were out to corrupt a city election.

They are accused of conspiracy and attempted wire fraud in connection to a straw donor scheme to get over-the-limit campaign contributions to the comptroller.

In their closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors tried to convince the jury that these straw donors were "part of the playbook" of the Liu campaign.

"Both Mr. Pan and Ms. Hou faced a simple choice when they decided to raise money for John Liu's campaign, prosecutor Justin Anderson said in closing. "Would they tell the truth? Or would they lie? Mr. Pan and Ms. Hou chose to cheat, chose to lie."

Anderson showed jurors a photo from a May 2011 fundraiser. Three people in it testified that they had reimbursed others for donations to the Liu campaign.

Prosecutors say that Hou was involved with organizing that event.

Anderson also showed the jury clips of undercover video taken by an FBI agent who allegedly worked with Pan to get a large illegal campaign donation to the comptroller.

Prosecutors say the campaign had a code.

By saying the August fundraiser was "Richard's event," that meant he was actually donating all the money through straw donors.

Pan allegedly tells that to Jenny Hou in one of the videos.

Attorneys for the defendants were holding off on comment for now, saying they will respond tomorrow.

Both Pan and Hou will give their closing arguments Wednesday morning, and then the jury will be handed the case.

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