ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks is set to enter a plea on federal charges.
Court records show the Atlanta Democrat, who was indicted in May 2013 on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns has a plea hearing Thursday afternoon in federal court in Atlanta.
Reached by phone Wednesday evening, Brooks referred questions to his lawyer, former Gov. Roy Barnes, who did not immediately return phone messages. The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta, which is prosecuting the case, also declined to comment.
Prosecutors have said Brooks misappropriated funds meant for charity and used the money to pay personal and family expenses. Brooks has pleaded not guilty. Barnes said at the time that Brooks may not be good at bookkeeping but didn't commit a crime.