Openly Gay Top Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Using Campaign Funds For Personal Use
Nevada’s Democratic Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned from his legislative seat on Tuesday in an emotional speech telling his colleagues he would plead guilty to charges of using campaign funds for personal use, according to The Nevada Independent.
It was recently discovered that Atkinson had misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use.
Misuse of campaign funds is a state and federal crime which carries a possible prison sentence of 20 years.
“I am embarrassed, I am ashamed and I am truly, truly sorry,” Atkinson said a tear-filled speech from the floor of the Senate. “I pray for your forgiveness.”
“I hope to have the opportunity to prove someday that this is not who I am, just something I did wrong,” said the 49-year-old former
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