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Texas state lawmaker pleads guilty to felony in flap over taxpayer reimbursement for travel
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ' A Texas state representative has pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he used tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to reimburse himself for travel expenses his campaign already had funded.
Prosecutors say Dallas-area Republican Rep. Joe Driver pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of official abuse of capacity. His sentencing is set for Dec. 19.
Prosecutors are recommending Driver be sentenced to five years' probation and pay a $5,000 fine. They've also asked that he repay more than $14,000 to his campaign account and undergo any treatment and counseling recommended by the probation department.
Driver, who has already repaid more than $49,000, has announced plans to retire when his term ends in January 2013.
Messages seeking comment about the plea have been left at his offices.