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Sentencing Of Fundraiser To Drag Into Next Week

CHICAGO (AP) -- The sentencing of a fundraiser for imprisoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other politicians will drag into next week as testimony meant to help determine an appropriate punishment continues.

Two days of hearings so far in Raghuveer Nayak's case ended Thursday. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told attorneys scheduling conflicts prevent him from resuming until Monday. And the process could be extended beyond then.

Nayak has pleaded guilty to bribing physicians for patient referrals to clinics he owns. The 58-year-old Chicago-area businessman faces a maximum 23-year prison term.

Under certain circumstances, a federal sentencing judge can factor in wrongdoing a defendant was never indicted for.

Prosecutors want the judge to consider, among other things, how Nayak allegedly schemed to generate cash. They say he then used it for bribes.