U.S. Congressman’s Wife Pleads Guilty To Misusing Campaign Funds

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Rep. Duncan Hunter’s (R-Calif.) wife pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to misuse campaign funds.

Margaret Hunter, who had worked on numerous campaigns for her husband, had previously filed a not guilty plea after the couple was accused of using more than $250,000 in campaign funding for personal trips and expenses. However, she withdrew that plea and pleaded guilty to a single count Thursday.

She could face up to five years in prison and will stand for trial Sept. 17, according to The Associated Press. Her husband’s trial is set for Sept. 10.

An attorney for Duncan Hunter has said his wife’s guilty plea will not impact his case. The congressman previously said that the matter was resolved after he repaid $60,000 to his campaign last year.

“We are aware of Mrs. Hunter scheduling a hearing to change her plea,” Gregory Vega told The San Diego Union-Tribune Wednesday after news emerged that Margaret Hunter would change her plea. “At this time, that does not change anything regarding Congressman Hunter. There are still significant motions that need to be litigated, specifically the speech or debate clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

Read the original article here: thehill.com

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