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Jay Odom to enter plea in federal court next week on campaign finance charges



Panhandle developer Jay Odom will appear in federal court next week to enter a plea to federal campaign finance violations.

U.S. District Judge Lacey Collier has scheduled a hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday to allow Odom to enter a plea. He faces a maximum five-year prison sentence to charges that he laundered $23,000 in contributions to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2007.

Odom, 56, was indicted last month as part of an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. He is accused of using the names of 10 people to make 2,300 donations each to Huckabee’s presidential campaign.

Story from Times senior correspondent Lucy Morgan here.

[Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 3:46pm]


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