A California congressman from the U.S. House of Representatives is planning to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds. Despite previously denying the charges and saying that he was the victim of a witch hunt by the opposing party, California Rep. Duncan Hunter has reversed course and prepared himself for receiving a sentence. In a statement to the press, he stated that he wants to spare his three children from a trial and avoid the publicity that comes with the process.
Despite being indicted in 2018, Hunter won reelection that year. He said that he would not seek another term. Prosecutors charged the elected official and his wife with more than 60 counts of misusing campaign funds to pay for things like golfing, clothes and vacations. Officials also revealed that the money was used to further romantic affairs with lobbyists and other government employees. Hunter said he will plead guilty to one count.
The congressman’s wife previously pleaded guilty to one count of misusing campaign money. As part of her plea agreement, she agreed to testify against her husband if required. The representative has said that he will agree to any sentence the judge hands down in the case. If convicted, he faces up to 14 months in prison. The sentence may be reduced through fines, probation or other means.
Individuals who are charged with federal offenses, whether it’s misusing campaign funds or some other type of crime, should take their situation very seriously. Federal prosecutors are powerful, and the consequences of a conviction can be very harsh. The first step should be to hire an attorney who can evaluate the situation and recommend a course of action. In some cases, making a plea agreement may be in the best interest of the defendant.