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Dianne Wilkerson, former state senator, shook her head as a prosecution witness  described how he gave her multiple checks worth either $500 or $1,000 at her request to help with her financial problems.

Dianne Wilkerson, former state senator, shook her head as a prosecution witness described how he gave her multiple checks worth either $500 or $1,000 at her request to help with her financial problems.

“She asked me for some help, and I thought this could definitely help me too,” said the witness, Azid Mohammed, a Dorchester developer. “Here I have an almost $200 million project in her district. She asked for help. I don’t see how this could not help me.”

Mohammed sometimes gave conflicting testimony Wednesday, the day Wilkerson was originally scheduled to be sentenced on attempted extortion charges.

During cross examination, Max Stern, Wilkerson’s attorney, asked Mohammed if it was correct that he did not ask her to perform any tasks in her official capacity when he gave her the money.

“That is correct,” Mohammed replied.

Wilkerson pleaded guilty to the charges in June.

A federal judge heard the testimony as part of a pre-sentencing hearing in which prosecutors, who are seeking the stiffest sentence of more than fours years in jail, are trying to paint a picture of Wilkerson’s repeated solicitations for bribes.

She was arrested in October 2008 for taking more than $20,000 for various acts including attempting to secure a liquor license for a local businessman.

 
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