State Rep. Terri Hodge pleads guilty, will resign

DALLAS (AP) - State Rep. Terri Hodge has pleaded guilty for participating in a bribery scheme and will resign from office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Dallas announced Wednesday that Hodge pleaded guilty in Dallas to fraud and false statements on an income tax return.

She faces up to three years in prison, a $100,000 fine and restitution to the IRS. A sentencing date has not been set.

Hodge has agreed never again to hold public office. The Dallas Democrat has been a state representative since 1996 and was running
for re-election.

According to court documents, Hodge received more than $32,000 in rental subsidies, utilities and carpeting from an apartment developer who built complexes in her district. She never declared the funds as income on tax returns.

Hodge's attorneys did not immediately respond to messages.

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