(CNN) – California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter’s wife Margaret pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with her husband to “knowingly and willingly” convert campaign funds for personal use. She has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
Both Hunters previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds to furnish a lavish lifestyle that was beyond their means.
Margaret Hunter’s agreement to cooperate with prosecutors was a huge development in the federal case that poses a legal and political threat to her husband, the sitting congressman.
Margaret Hunter appeared alone with her lawyers in a federal district court in San Diego before Judge Thomas Whelan, where she changed her plea in the high-profile case. The congressman did not appear with his wife on Thursday.
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