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Former Missouri lawmaker fined for ethics violations

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Courtney Curtis, a former Missouri lawmaker who's now running for mayor of Ferguson, has been fined for ethics violations.

Curtis was ordered to pay $77,500 after a state ethics commission found he used campaign money on spas, concerts and other personal expenses. However, the fine will be waived if Curtis pays $7,750 and complies with state law for two years.

The Missouri Supreme Court in 2018 blocked Curtis from running for state Senate after he did not pay a separate fine for campaign finance law violations.

A Democrat, Curtis served two terms in the state House representing St. Louis County.

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