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Developer Winn Is Fined For Illegal Contributions

Prominent Boston real-estate developer Arthur Winn will not serve any time in prison for making illegal campaign contributions.

A judge on Tuesday fined Winn, 72, of Brookline, $100,000 for donations to various local elected leaders, as he sought support for his proposed Columbus Center project.

Winn's lawyer, Robert Popeo, says he appreciates the federal judge respecting a plea deal.

"The judge had it right," Popeo said. "She treated it for what it was — two misdemeanors and she fined him $100,000."

Under a November deal, Winn pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. He admitted reimbursing family members to make donations on his behalf.

This program aired on January 31, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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