By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Miriam Raftery: Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret
December 3, 2019 (San Diego) -- Congressman Duncan D. Hunter pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds for personal use. His admission of guilt comes after months of claiming he was innocent and a target of a political witch hunt.
The Republican Congressman from Alpine could face up to five years in prison and a quarter of a million dollar fine – ironically, the same amount that he and his wife were accused of embezzling from their campaign and spending on a lavish personal lifestyle. He is slated for sentencing on March 17th and could received a lesser sentence, such as a shorter prison term, probation or community service. His wife, Margaret, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and will be sentenced in April.
Hunter, a former Marine combat veteran, could have faced decades in prison if found guilty in a trial on 60 federal charges that included wire fraud and falsifying campaign reports to hide theft of funds spent on family vacations overseas, overnight trysts with five mistresses, oral surgery bills and airfare for a pet rabbit, among other illegal uses of campaign donors’ money.