After years of denying any wrongdoing, former Rep. Duncan Hunter has been sentenced to 11 months in prison and three years of supervised probation, according to NBC’s San Diego TV station KNSD.
A California Republican who represented the state’s 50th Congressional district, Hunter and his wife were charged with 60 criminal counts of campaign finance violations in August 2018 ahead of the midterm election.
They faced allegations of spending campaign funds on personal items such as vacations, gas, groceries — and airfare for a pet rabbit. Hunter initially denied any wrongdoing, pleading not guilty and dubbing his prosecution a “witch hunt.”
Hunter was the second member of Congress to endorse Trump’s presidential bid in 2016. The first was former GOP Rep. Chris Collins, who in January 2020 was sentenced to 26 months in prison for insider trading.