Convicted GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter Sentenced To Prison On Corruption Charges
Former GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in prison and three years of parole for corruption charges stemming from his misuse of more than $200,000 in campaign funds for a slew of personal expenses.
The California Republican pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds.
At the court hearing, he sat expressionless as the sentence was handed down and said that he takes “full responsibility for any dime that was spent by me or anyone else on my campaign.”
Hunter will be on supervised release for three years and must participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program, and he will be housed somewhere in the western region of the United States, according to CNN.
Federal prosecutors said that the Hunters were virtually penniless and used the campaign funds to furnish a lavish lifestyle.
They charged that Hunter had fraudulently spent more than $200,000 on expenses that included a $14,000 Italian vacation and thousands of dollars on routine items like groceries, bedding and other household items.
Duncan Hunter appeared to blame his wife, Margaret, for the then-alleged crimes in a television interview at the time, saying she was the one handling his finances.
Margaret pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with her husband to use $25,000 in campaign funds for personal use, and is yet to be sentenced.
Hunter resigned from Congress in January, after winning reelection in California’s staunchly conservative 50th district, which encompasses much of eastern San Diego County.