Former Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty In Corruption Cases

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A former Arkansas lawmaker who is Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s nephew pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting bribes and filing a false tax return, part of an agreement with federal prosecutors in a sprawling corruption probe.

Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who is the son of former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, also agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy in a separate federal case in Missouri where he’s been charged with accepting bribes to help Springfield-based Preferred Family Healthcare Inc.

As part of his guilty plea to filing a false tax return for 2011, Hutchinson admitted that he took more than $10,000 in campaign funds for his personal use and didn’t report $20,000-per-month payments he received from one law firm and other sources of income he knowingly concealed from his taxes.

Prosecutors said they would seek to dismiss the other charges in the case, where he’s accused of spending thousands in campaign funds on personal items such as trips and groceries, once he’s sentenced. Hutchinson had previously pleaded not guilty in that case.

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