Conrad Black arraignment set for Tuesday |

Conrad Black arraignment set for Tuesday

Associated Press

CHICAGO – An arraignment for former media mogul Conrad Black on charges he swindled newspaper publisher Hollinger International Inc. out of millions of dollars has been set for Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday.Black, 61, was charged Thursday with siphoning millions of dollars out of the company through bogus fees and abuses of perquisites, such as using the corporate jet for a vacation in Bora Bora and dipping into the Hollinger treasury to pay for his wife’s birthday party.Black’s arraignment was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve, said Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said Thursday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Black, but that he would be allowed to turn himself in voluntarily.Fitzgerald said extradition proceedings would be launched if Black, a former Canadian citizen who is now a member of the British House of Lords, did not come in voluntarily.Vail, Colorado

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