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USAfter a family vacation in Italy, U.S. congressman's wife admits to misusing campaign funds

01:10  14 june  2019
01:10  14 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Officials: 2-month-old on life support after father admits to severe beating

Officials: 2-month-old on life support after father admits to severe beating An infant is on life support after police said the child's father admitted to harming the child. According to an arrest slip, Donnie Rowe, 28, provided detectives with a Mirandized statement in which he admitted to inflicting severe injuries on his 2-month-old. Officials said the infant has been receiving medical treatment since Saturday for multiple skull fractures, retinal hemorrhages and several other documented injuries that are consistent with abusive head trauma. The arrest slip said the infant is currently on life support and it's unknown if he will survive the injuries. Rowe is charged with assault and criminal abuse.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - The wife of a U.S. representative pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges alleging misuse of $250,000 in campaign funds and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors who are also bringing charges against her husband.

The move by Margaret Hunter, wife of Republican U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, came after she and her husband entered not guilty pleas in August 2018 that they spent campaign funds on items ranging from a holiday in Italy to Minnie Mouse ear headbands at Disneyland.

Officials: 2-month-old on life support after father admits to severe beating

Officials: 2-month-old on life support after father admits to severe beating An infant is on life support after police said the child's father admitted to harming the child. According to an arrest slip, Donnie Rowe, 28, provided detectives with a Mirandized statement in which he admitted to inflicting severe injuries on his 2-month-old. Officials said the infant has been receiving medical treatment since Saturday for multiple skull fractures, retinal hemorrhages and several other documented injuries that are consistent with abusive head trauma. The arrest slip said the infant is currently on life support and it's unknown if he will survive the injuries. Rowe is charged with assault and criminal abuse.

"I have accepted full responsibility for my conduct. I am deeply remorseful, and I apologize. I am saddened for the hurt I have caused my family and others," Margaret Hunter's attorneys Tom McNamara and Logan Smith said in a statement on her behalf.

The plea agreement recommends a five-year prison sentence, five years probation and a fine of up to $250,000, according to U.S. Attorney's office. No sentencing date has been set.

Duncan Hunter said in a statement on Thursday that the Department of Justice "went after her to get to me for political reasons."

"As Margaret’s case concludes, she should be left alone. I am the Congressman, this is my campaign and any further attention on this issue should be directed solely to me," he said.

After a family vacation in Italy, U.S. congressman's wife admits to misusing campaign funds
After a family vacation in Italy, U.S. congressman's wife admits to misusing campaign funds
After a family vacation in Italy, U.S. congressman's wife admits to misusing campaign funds
After a family vacation in Italy, U.S. congressman's wife admits to misusing campaign funds
After a family vacation in Italy, U.S. congressman's wife admits to misusing campaign funds

A San Diego grand jury indicted the Hunters for allegedly using campaign accounts to pay for their children's private school tuition, lavish travel including restaurant meals that frequently cost hundreds of dollars.

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Wife Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Their Fraud Case

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Wife Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Their Fraud Case Margaret Hunter, a co-defendant in a federal fraud case with her husband Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif., 50th District), is expected to plead guilty. A change of plea hearing is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. in a San Diego court, according to federal records.The couple allegedly misused about $250,000 in campaign donations for personal expenses. In one incident, Rep. Hunter planned on buying a pair of “Hawaii shorts” for golf, but didn’t immediately have the money. Mrs.

The indictment alleges the Hunters lied about how the money was spent, with the couple saying it went to charity or campaign events when prosecutors said it was really used for groceries, restaurant meals and clothing.

Duncan Hunter, whose father, Duncan Hunter Sr., also served in Congress, represents conservative portions of San Diego and Riverside counties in a seat that is generally considered safe for Republicans.

Margaret Hunter pledged to provide testimony to a grand jury investigating the campaign violations and "and tell everything she knows", according to the plea agreement filed in court.

Hunter, a supporter of President Donald Trump, easily won re-election last November despite being indicted for corruption. He is scheduled to go on trial in September.

Hunter appeared to blame his wife for the violations in an interview with Fox News last year, saying he gave Margaret power of attorney when he was deployed to Iraq as a marine in 2003, and that she oversaw his campaign finances.

(Reporting by Marty Graham in San Diego, California; Writing by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Lisa Shumaker)

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