Cooper Pleads Guilty

April 9, 2010

Horace Cooper one time aide for former Rep Dick Armey, pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count yesterday in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. His plea agreement indicates that Cooper's other felony charges will be dismissed.

Cooper pleaded guilty to falsifying his disclosure form by failing to report gifts. He will be sentenced July 1, 2010 and the charge carries up to six months in prison.

Horace M. Cooper, 44, was indicted last year on five felony counts, including charges of conspiracy, fraudulent concealment, false statements and obstruction of an official proceeding.

In total, he faced 40 years in prison. Mr. Cooper is now unlikely to spend a day in jail.

"My family and I are so grateful that this ordeal is over," he said in a statement released by his attorneys. "It will be so good to get this whole thing behind me."

Mr. Cooper's plea agreement with prosecutors calls for him to receive between no time and six months in jail. The government said it would not be opposed to a sentence on the lenient side. The agreement does not require Mr. Cooper to cooperate with authorities in what the government has described as the ongoing Abramoff probe.

Of course, this case will never really be “behind” him because when officials violate the public trust the people will never forget. This scandal will follow him always.

Main Justice reported:
Horace Cooper, 44, faced five felony counts, including conspiracy, obstruction and false statements. Federal prosecutors accused him of concealing his receipt of thousands of dollars worth of meals and tickets to sporting events and concerts, courtesy of Abramoff, in filing his financial disclosure forms. In return, the indictment alleged, Cooper used his positions to advance Abramoff’s interests.
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