Lawyer Says Legislator Will Plead Guilty in Corruption Case
PHOENIX (AP) _ State Rep. Bobby Raymond, one of seven legislators indicted in a political- corruption sting, agreed Monday to resign and to plead guilty to five counts, including some felonies, his lawyer said.
The Phoenix Democrat was indicted on 14 felony charges accusing him of accepting $12,105 and helping to bribe three legislators and another individual.
Raymond’s lawyer, Ken Freedman, said the agreement calls for Raymond to pay $34,500 in restitution and prosecution costs and to cooperate with investigators. The agreement also provides for dismissal of civil racketerring allegations.
Raymond did not immediately answer a message left on his phone answering machine, and a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office did not immediately return a call Monday
Eighteen people, including seven legislators, face a bribery-conspiracy charge in the case and many face additional charges as well.
Lobbyist Rich Scheffel pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to conspiring to commit bribery.
The charges were the result of a 16-month sting in Phoenix police and county prosecutors videotaped lawmakers secretly taking money from a paid police informer in exchange for promises to support a bill legalizing casino gambling.