Alabama state Rep. Micky Hammon pleads guilty to mail fraud

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( — State Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, pleaded guilty to devising a scheme to commit mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin in Montgomery announced Tuesday.

Hammon has represented the 4th district in the Alabama House since 2002. He served as majority leader in the House from the time Republicans took control of the chamber in 2010 until resigning from that post in February.

Hammon faces a maximum sentence of 20 years. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson will sentence Hammon in the coming months.

Hammon had announced in July that he would not run for reelection.

Franklin said Hammon set up a campaign committee in 2013 to raise money for a reelection campaign. Contributors mailed donations to Hammon's campaign office. Hammon would endorse the checks and deposit them into his campaign bank account. Then he would write a check drawn on the campaign account to himself. Hammon would deposit that check into his personal account and use the money to pay personal expenses.

State law prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal uses.

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