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Texas state Rep. Joe Driver pleads guilty to double billing travel expenses, could finish out term
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011, 09:30AM CST
By Mark Lisheron

Rep. Joe Driver, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to double billing thousands of dollars in travel expenses, could finish out his term if a Travis County judge accepts a prosecutor’s recommendation that his adjudication be deferred.

Prosecutors are expected to ask Judge Karen Sage on Dec. 19 to sentence Driver to probation and defer the sentence for five years, according to a story posted last night by the Austin American-Statesman. The deferral would allow Driver to complete his 10th term in office ending in 2013 and allow him to continue to vote if he observes the terms of his probation.

The plea agreement includes $63,746 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. The judge, according to the story, is not, however, bound by the recommendation.

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Driver, R-Garland, had earlier in November told prosecutors he intended to plead guilty to having for years filed duplicate travel, hotel and other expense forms for reimbursement from the state and his campaign fund.

When asked about it by a reporter in August of 2010 Driver said he was unaware that he had been doing anything wrong.

“Basically, my family and I are thankful that this has been resolved,” Driver told reporters Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, the Texas Tribune reported.
Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or or on Twitter at @marktxwatchdog.

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Friday, 11/25/2011 - 10:12PM

apparently the dictionary has wrirren a new definition of theft. ths is theft plain and simple.

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