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Former congressman Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months for campaign finance violation
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Former congressman Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months for campaign finance violation

Former US congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Tuesday for stealing $250,000 in campaign funds.

The theft of the funds continued for almost a decade. The judge denied Hunter’s request to serve part of his sentence in home confinement, citing the continuous nature of the theft.

During that time, the Hunters stole money from the campaign for items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets and sneakers; as trivial as video games, Lego sets and Playdoh; as mundane as groceries, dog food, and utilities; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations and plane tickets for their family pet rabbits, Eggburt and Cadbury.

The judge ordered Hunter to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by May 29. Hunter’s wife Margaret, who also pleaded guilty, will be sentenced Tuesday April 7.

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