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Rep. Duncan Hunter to resign Jan. 13 after guilty plea

Rep. Duncan Hunter to resign Jan. 13 after guilty plea
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday that he will resign effective Jan. 13 after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds. Photo courtesy of Congress

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- California Rep. Duncan Hunter announced Tuesday he will resign from the House next week about a month after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds.

The Republican sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, informing them of his resignation effective Jan 13.

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He faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to convert campaign funds to personal use in December.

Both Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, originally pleaded not guilty to a 60-count federal indictment alleging they used more than $250,000 of his campaign re-election funds for personal expenses such as video games, private school tuition, oral surgery and utilities between 2009 and 2016.

In June, his wife changed her plea to guilty on a single count of conspiracy.

Prior to changing his plea to guilty, Hunter had described the case as a "witch hunt."

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