Garland Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Felony In Travel Flap

AUSTIN (AP) – A state representative has pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge in a deal that would allow him to avoid jail time.

Prosecutors say Garland Republican Rep. Joe Driver pled guilty Tuesday to a charge of official abuse of capacity. He’s accused of using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to reimburse himself for travel expenses that his campaign had already funded.

Driver’s sentencing is set for December 19.

Prosecutors are recommending Driver be sentenced to five years deferred adjudication and pay a $5,000 fine. They’ve also asked that he repay more than $14,000 to his campaign account and undergo any treatment and counseling recommended by the probation department.

Driver, who has already repaid more than $49,000, has announced plans to retire when his term ends in January 2013.

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  • YRofTexas

    He needs to be retired to JAIL pronto! His assets need to be seized and auctioned off to pay off his creditors and those he stole from. He also needs to be BANNED from any and ALL offices whether voted or appointed to for the rest of his days. He also can not Volunteer in any political events.

    “Death Penalty” to his career. Period.

  • chris pick
  • I've been to all 57 states

    After all that travel, all you have is pictures and debt. Next time do it the new fashioned way, get a Bentley and put it in a friends garage! When will people ever learn?

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