The news is out: [SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband’s career.
Government attorneys noted Margaret Hunter’s cooperation with the prosecution of her husband in arguing against putting her behind bars and for allowing her to serve the sentence at home. Her confinement was ordered to begin immediately. She was also sentenced to three years probation.
“I’m deeply sorry,” Hunter told the judge, her voice breaking up as she cried before being sentenced.
Last year, Margaret and Duncan Hunter each pleaded guilty to a single corruption count of misspending more than $150,000 in campaign funds. She also had agreed to testify against her husband.
Margaret Hunter had served as campaign manager for her husband, who represented a district east of San Diego. He suggested at one point that she was to blame for any financial problems. Prosecutors said the couple were both in on the scheme.
In the plea agreements, they conceded engaging in more than 30 illegal transactions totaling more than $200,000 between 2010 and 2016.
Margaret Hunter detailed how she and her husband knowingly used the campaign’s credit card for six years to bankroll trips to Italy, Las Vegas and Disneyland.
She said other expenses charged on the card included $500 in airline travel expenses for their pet bunny, Eggburt; and $351 for a family lunch in connection with a child’s Irish dance competition.
They tried to conceal the illegal spending in federal campaign finance reports, prosecutors said.]
Marge testified against her husband.