Indicted Black Caucus Chairman Steps Down

FEBRUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker who was indicted for fraud is stepping down from his leadership position in the legislative Black Caucus.

Democratic House member John Bowman says the move is not permanent, but he plans to focus on personal issues.

Bowman was indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis two weeks ago for bank and credit fraud.

The indictment alleges that a former Bank of America official recruited Bowman and 16 others to apply for small-business credit cards, and then took kickbacks.

House member Robin Wright-Jones will be acting chairwoman of the Black Caucus. She is a St. Louis Democrat and has been a House member since March 2002.

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