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N.Y. state senator accused of embezzling

NEW YORK — A state senator pleaded not guilty on Monday to embezzlement and other charges alleging he tried to sabotage a federal fraud investigation of his law practice by seeking inside information from the US attorney’s office.

Senator John Sampson told an employee — since fired — that he wanted to identify cooperators in his case so he could arrange to ‘‘take them out,’’ prosecutors said.

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