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Former Lawmaker Atkinson Pleads Guilty To Misusing $250K

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson has pleaded guilty to wire fraud after admitting to taking about $250,000 in campaign funds to lease a luxury SUV, open a Las Vegas night club and other personal expenses.

 

Atkinson pleaded guilty Monday morning to one count of wire fraud in U.S. federal court in Las Vegas in a plea agreement. The case was sealed until Monday morning.

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Prosecutors say Atkinson filed false campaign finance reports for eight years starting in 2010 and admitted to spending at least $249,900 over that time on personal expenses.

 

Atkinson resigned last week.

 

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Atkinson and his lawyer Richard Wright declined to comment after the hearing Monday.

 

He is scheduled to appear in court in July to be sentenced.