US congressman who spent campaign funds on video games set to resign
A congressman who spent his campaign funds on video games – and even flights for his pet rabbit – has declared he will be resigning.
US representative Duncan Hunter, 43, recently pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of misusing campaign funds.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces up to a maximum of five years in prison, though it is expected he will serve less than one.
Both him and his wife, Margaret, were indicted last summer and accused of spending more than $250,000 from his campaign funds on personal expenses and luxuries.
This includes vacations, household items and school tuition.
Back in 2016 – when the allegations first arose – the San Diego Union Tribe reported on the representative blaming his son for the purchase of video games through distribution platform Steam, once again using campaign funds.
More recently, the same publication even reported he had spent $125 five times for his pet rabbit to fly with them.
Hunter, a six-term congressman well known for vaping in meetings, was re-elected back in 2018 after originally pleading not guilty and denying the accusations.
His wife pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiring with her husband to spend $25,000 from the campaign fund for personal use.
In the same month, prosecutors accused him of using the campaign money for indulgent pleasures such as trips, dinners and drinks with women he was allegedly involved with, reports the Washington Post.
Three of which were lobbyists; one woman who worked in his congressional office and another who worked for a leading figure of the House.
After pleading guilty, Hunter announced his resignation and said it will be “shortly after the holidays”.
In the same announcement, he said: “It has been an honour to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in my over these last 11 years.”
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