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Milwaukee mayor charged

Prosecutors on Monday alleged campaign finance violations by the acting mayor [of Milwaukee], eight days before voters will decide between him and another candidate for mayor.

Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt admitted that he made careless mistakes, but denounced the investigation as politically motivated and said he hopes voters judge him on issues like jobs, crime and education. ...

Pratt was accused of four civil counts of filing a false campaign finance report and one civil count of failing to deposit personal campaign contributions in a campaign account. He faces a forfeiture of $2,500, which Pratt said he will pay.

District Attorney Michael McCann said Pratt's campaign finance reports did not match up with bank statements for his campaign account. Documents show the figures were off by about $116,000 at the end of 2003. -- Milwaukee Mayor Hit With 5 Civil Counts (AP via GoUpstate.com)