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WIFE OF EX-CONGRESSMAN GETS PROBATION IN FORGERY

The wife of former Rep. Mel Reynolds was given three years' probation for forging finance statements while serving as his campaign treasurer.

Marisol Reynolds, 34, pleaded guilty last year to defrauding the Federal Election Commission.

U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle cited her acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with prosecutors Monday in placing her on probation.

Claiming Reynolds battered her, she said her actions were affected by "legitimate fear and intimidation." Reynolds has denied abusing her.

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