CHICAGO — A U.S. District Court judge in Chicago has dismissed the final count lodged against former Bear Stearns public finance banker P. Nicholas Hurtgen by federal prosecutors in connection with an extortion scheme involving a Chicago-area hospital seeking regulatory approval for a new hospital.

Hurtgen initially faced a series of charges when federal prosecutors first brought the case in 2005 as part of their Operation Board Games probe into state government corruption under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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