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Jurors hear secret tape recording of Derrick Smith bribe

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Jurors at an Illinois lawmaker's bribery trial have heard a secret FBI recording in which the Chicago Democrat appears to accept a $7,000 bribe - counted out in seven, $1,000 stacks.

Prosecutors played it Tuesday at a Chicago federal courtroom.

A campaign worker-turned-informant counts aloud as he hands the cash to Rep. Derrick Smith in March 2012. Both men sound jovial.

As the informant counts the fifth stack, he curses as the money sticks together. He pauses, then counts the rest.

"You thought I was bulls***ing, didn't you? One, two, three, four, five, d*mn, stuck together. Six, seven," said the informant.

The informant, referred to only as Pete, jokingly chides Smith for not expressing gratitude for the money. Laughing, Pete tells Smith he "didn't even say thank you." Smith insists he did.

And the recording had more.

"We got to find out how she going to get the cheddar to us," said Smith.

The informant then responded, "How you want it?"

Smith denies the charges that he took a $7,000 bribe in what turned out to be an FBI sting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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