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NEW ORLEANS --A Jefferson Parish judge denied a motion by Archie Jefferson to have the charges against him thrown out.

Jefferson, former Rep. William Jefferson's brother, owns the contracting firm The Jefferson Group LLC. He is accused of theft for withholding a $14,000 payment to a subcontractor he hired to work on a home in Marrero.

Jefferson remains free on bond.

The next hearing in the case is set for early next month.

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