Seven of Allen Stanford's charges dropped

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The Independent US

Federal prosecutors have narrowed their criminal case against Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

The government filed an amended, 14-count indictment in US District Court in Houston that drops five mail fraud counts and two wire fraud counts. It also dropped part of a conspiracy count.

Stanford, 61, could still face 20 years in prison if convicted on any of the fraud counts.