The eight-term Republican congressman could get up to 10 years in prison at sentencing Feb. 27 for conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud, and tax evasion.
Cunningham, 63, was released on his own recognizance. In his statement, Cunningham said he will cooperate with authorities in the investigation.
Impressive, this Republican leader took over $2,400,000.00 in just 5 years.
It is clear that they will now go after those who were paying the bribes. At that point it could get real interesting for some other elected officials in DC. Will those who paid out the bribes to Cunningham admit to paying off others?
For an elected official to admit to accepting bribes the evidence must be rock solid. Can Wade, and other, put up an effective defense with both the evidence and a cooperating witness. In a few months we will know.
Back to Cunningham, just how disgusting is 'The Duke'? Just consider this:
The tax evasion charge came after Cunningham reported joint income with his wife of $121,079 and claimed he was due a refund of $8,504. Prosecutors said his income was $1,215,458 and he owed $385,077 in taxes.
He declared just 10% of his income one year, and got a refund, when he owed almost four times what he claimed he earned.
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