Margaret Hunter, wife of Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif), plead guilty to a corruption charge of using over $200,000 in campaign funds for personal use, according to The New York Times.
In Federal District Court in San Diego, Margaret Hunter admitted to using the money for dinners, vacations, and private school for their children. Hunter also admitted to conspiring with her husband to break campaign finance law. She will face a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Margaret is set to be sentenced on September 16, one week after her husband will go on trial for the same charge.
Representative Hunter said, “I do not have the full details of Margaret’s case, but it’s obvious that the Department of Justice went after her to get to me for political reasons...The fact remains that this entire matter should have been handled by the Federal Election Commission.”
Representative Hunter’s lawyer has said that Margaret handled the finances and that her case would have no impact on how Representative Hunter handled his case. The indictment on the Hunters came after they were reported spending campaign money on themselves, living beyond their means, and overdrawing their bank account more than 1,000 times.