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Congressman's Wife Pleads Guilty to Corruption


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The wife of California Representative Duncan Hunter faces up to five years in prison after changing her not guilty plea to guilty to one count of corruption in federal court. 

Fox News further reports:


Margaret Hunter and her husband are accused of spending $250,000 for golf outings, trips to Italy and Hawaii, school tuition, theater tickets and other expenses between 2009 and 2016. Both were indicted on 60 criminal counts related to the misuse of campaign funds and trying to conceal illegal spending.

The congressman's wife had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, but it was reported Wednesday that she had decided to change her plea at the last minute.

"We are aware of Mrs. Hunter scheduling a hearing to change her plea," Gregory Vega, an attorney representing the congressman, told Fox News in an email. "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."

Hunter, an Iraq War veteran and early supporter of President Trump who represents areas in San Diego and Riverside Counties, won re-election last year despite being under indictment on corruption charges. He pleaded not guilty last year and is scheduled to go to trial in September.

Hunter continues to deny any wrongdoing, saying his wife handled their finances.

The couple repaid Hunter's campaign $60,000. t