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Maryland Democrat Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

Former Maryland state delegate Will Campos, a Democrat, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for favors, federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

Campos admitted to receiving over $20,000 worth of bribes in exchange for $325,000 worth of taxpayer-funded grants to local businesses, according to a Washington Post report. The payments were received from 2001 to 2014.

“This undercover investigation did not involve an isolated instance of misconduct,” said U.S. attorney Rod Rosenstein. “It exposed a longstanding practice of giving away taxpayer money in exchange for bribes.”

“This type of corruption can flourish when government officials exercise discretion without oversight,” siad Rosenstein.

Campos “directed an undercover officer who was posing as a businessman to contribute to another unnamed candidate’s campaign,” according to the Washington Post report.

Campos said he was unaware of the federal investigation but stepped down from the legislature in 2015 stating that he “wanted to focus on his new marriage, starting a family and his professional career to explain the abrupt resignation.”