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AP | December 1, 2009 – 10:02 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jurors have begun their fourth day of deliberations in the fraud trial of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters.

Petters is accused of running a Ponzi scheme that cost investors more than $3.5 billion. The charges include wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

Jurors who got the case last week have already deliberated for 17 hours. They’re working through a 20-count indictment and 49 pages of jury instructions.

Petters claims other defendants in the case carried out the fraud without his knowledge, then testified against him in hopes of lighter sentences.

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