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After Denying Corruption, Democratic State Sen. Bert Johnson Reaches Plea

March 01, 2018, 4:12 PM The Detroit News

Sen. Bert Johnson

After denying guilt and insisting he'd done nothing wrong, reality apparently set. 

State Sen. Bert Johnson is expected to plead guilty to an unspecified charge in a federal case alleging he misused taxpayer dollars by hiring a “ghost employee” to work in his legislative office, report Robert Snell and Johnathan Oosting of The Detroit News.

Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park, is scheduled to appear at a Friday plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman in Detroit, according to a court notice. His attorney declines comment, as does a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, Johnson rejected an initial plea deal that involved admitting conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program, a charge punishable by up to five years in federal prison, The News reports.

Sentencing guidelines in the new deal call for six to 12 months in prison.

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