Official: Lawmaker to plead guilty in travel flap

AP News
Posted: Nov 09, 2011 4:46 PM
Official: Lawmaker to plead guilty in travel flap

An official says a Texas state representative plans to plead guilty to a felony charge that he used tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to reimburse himself for travel expenses his campaign had already funded.

Gregg Cox with the Travis County district attorney's office in Austin said Wednesday that Dallas-area Republican Rep. Joe Driver will enter the plea on a charge of official abuse of capacity on Nov. 22.

Driver's attorney didn't return phone calls seeking comment Wednesday.

Driver plans to retire when his term ends in January 2013.

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The 65-year-old Texas House veteran has acknowledged he collected reimbursements from taxpayers for travel he already had paid for using donated campaign money. Driver said he didn't know it was wrong. He reimbursed his campaign more than $49,000.