More charges for law­maker ac­cused of il­le­gal pay­ments

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A state sen­a­tor al­ready ac­cused of tak­ing il­le­gal pay­ments now faces more charges.

The U.S. At­tor­ney an­nounced a nine-count in­dict­ment Thurs­day against Sen. Nathaniel Oaks that in­cludes wire fraud and Travel Act vi­o­la­tions for al­legedly ac­cept­ing il­le­gal pay­ments to use his po­si­tion to ben­e­fit an in­di­vid­ual on busi­ness-re­lated mat­ters.

The Bal­ti­more Demo­crat was charged with hon­est ser­vices wire fraud in April and pleaded not guilty.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion dates to 2015, when Mr. Oaks was a House mem­ber.

Prose­cu­tors al­lege Mr. Oaks was paid $10,300 for writ­ing let­ters on House let­ter­head with fraud­u­lent de­tails to help a con­fi­den­tial FBI source ob­tain fed­eral grants and $5,000 to file a bond re­quest seek­ing $250,000 in state funds for a project.

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