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3-term Las Vegas Councilman Quits, Says He’ll Take Fraud Plea

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A three-term Las Vegas City Council member says he's resigning and will plead guilty to a federal fraud charge.

Councilman Ricki Barlow told reporters Monday in the council chambers the felony charge stems from personal use of campaign funds in 2015.

The 46-year-old Barlow said in a prepared statement that his resignation would be effective at the end of the business day. He took no questions.

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It was not immediately clear when he would appear for his plea in U.S. District Court.

A lawyer who has represented him in the past did not immediately respond to messages.

Barlow was first elected in 2007 to represent downtown and historically African-American West Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in September 2016 that Barlow was the focus of an FBI corruption probe.