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Ex-Arkansas State Senator Fined By Ethics Commission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federally indicted former Arkansas state senator whose uncle is governor and father is a former U.S. senator is now being fined by the state Ethics Commission.

Former Arkansas lawmaker Jeremy Hutchinson.

Commission Director Graham Sloan told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the commission voted 3-0 Friday to fine Republican former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson $11,000.

Sloan said Hutchinson was found to have used campaign funds as personal income, failed to report some campaign contributions and expenditures and failed to file campaign contribution and expense reports during 2016 and 2017.

Hutchinson’s attorney did not return a phone call Saturday for comment.

Hutchinson resigned in August and later pleaded not guilty to 12 federal charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns for allegedly using campaign money for personal expenses.

His uncle is Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his father is former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson.

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