Former Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Springfield-Based Charity

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former Arkansas state representative has pleaded guilty to his role in an embezzlement scheme involving a Springfield, Missouri-based charity.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Eddie Wayne Cooper, of Melbourne, Arkansas, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to embezzle more than $4 million from Preferred Family Healthcare.

Prosecutors say Cooper and several executives of the non-profit charity used the embezzled money for political contributions, unreported lobbying and personal expenses.

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