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Wiglesworth Agrees To Plea Bargain

January 27, 2001

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Kelly Wiglesworth, runner-up on CBS’ hit summer show ``Survivor,″ agreed to a plea bargain that removed a 1995 credit card fraud charge hanging over her newfound celebrity.

Wiglesworth pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor of conspiring to commit credit card fraud. She will pay $455 in restitution and perform 75 hours of community service. The charge can be expunged from her record if she stays out of trouble for a year.

Wiglesworth, 23, said she will perform her community service by volunteering for a recreation program in Las Vegas for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Her lawyer told a judge that Wiglesworth didn’t know the credit card was stolen when it was used at a restaurant by her then-boyfriend. Wiglesworth was 18 at the time. Prosecutors said the couple went on a two-day spending spree. Each was charged with felonious financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud.

On ``Survivor,″ Wiglesworth earned $100,000 for surviving 39 days on a remote Pacific island. Before appearing on the show, she was a professional whitewater rafting guide making $62 a day.

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