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Baldeo back in court July 28

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

The corruption trial for Ozone Park lawyer and former political candidate Al Baldeo goes back to court this summer.

A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the two sides will be back before a judge July 28.

Baldeo is on trial on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, attempted mail fraud, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and obstruction of justice for an alleged scheme to use straw donors to fund a 2010 special election campaign for City Council.

Baldeo, who also ran for and nearly won a state Senate seat in 2006 and the same Council seat in 2005, finished fourth in the race, which was ultimately won by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica), who was arrested on separate corruption charges earlier this month.

Baldeo says he is innocent and is being unfairly singled out. He has argued that other candidates have not faced the same charges for the same acti.vities.

He was recently stripped of his district leader position by the Queens Democratic Party.

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