According to KGTV San Diego on Thursday, June 13, the wife of indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, Margaret Hunter has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. Hunter’s attorney Tom McNamara provided a statement.
McNamara said, “Ms. Hunter has asked us to read a brief statement on her behalf. Earlier this morning I entered a guilty plea before the United States District court, in doing so I have fully accepted responsibility for my conduct. I am deeply remorseful, and I apologize.”
Hunter, who worked as her husband’s campaign manager, had previously pleaded not guilty to corruption charges that allege the couple used more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for vacations, dentist bills, and shopping sprees.
While the corruption charges carry a sentence of up to five years in prison, her guilty plea suggests she is cooperating with the prosecution and might even testify against her husband with his trial scheduled for September.
McNamara said, “I am saddened for the hurt I caused my family and others. I understand that there will be more consequences stemming from my actions, but as demonstrated this morning with the entry of the plea, I’ve taken the first step to facing those consequences.”
Hunter and his wife were indicted by the Department of Justice last August on charges of inappropriate use of campaign funds and falsifying campaign records. He told FoxNews that his wife handled his finances during his military career, was subsequently his campaign manager, and that he didn’t spend any money illegally.
Hunter denied all wrong doing during a recent appearance on FoxNews.
Includes reporting for FoxNews, the Associated Press and KGTV