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West Virginia: lawyer pleads guilty

The Charleston Gazette reports: A Logan County lawyer pleaded guilty Friday to a charge stemming from election fraud, and has been cooperating with the federal government's inquiry into alleged dirty politics in Southern West Virginia.

Mark Oliver Hrutkay, 45, was charged in a one-count information with mail fraud for allegedly paying $10,000 to an unnamed political operative in order to gain support for his then-wife's 2000 House of Delegates primary race.

Technically, Hrutkay pleaded guilty to mail fraud for failure to disclose the $10,000 donation when he mailed the campaign finance report of Delegate Lidella Wilson Hrutkay to the secretary of state's office in Charleston. He had served as his wife's campaign treasurer.

I paid $10,000 to a second unknown person to obtain the support of that person, Hrutkay told U.S. District Judge David A. Faber. -- Sunday Gazette-Mail - News

I wonder if he swore to tell the WHOLE truth.