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Atkinson To Plead Guilty To Wire Fraud Charge

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A lawyer for former Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson says his client will be pleading guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for misusing campaign funds for a personal use.

Attorney Richard Wright said in an emailed statement Tuesday that Atkinson will be pleading to the charge in Las Vegas. He did not offer further details about when the charges would be filed, when Atkinson would appear in court or further details on the charges.

Atkinson announced his resignation Tuesday on the Senate floor and admitted to misusing the campaign funds.

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Wright said was tied up Tuesday and unable to call and return messages seeking more information.