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Longest-serving Democrat pleads guilty to federal charges

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Longtime Alabama state representative John Rogers resigned after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges related to a kickback scheme involving a community grant program.

Rogers had directed $400,000 in grant money to an organization run by former representative Fred Plump, who then gave approximately $200,000 back to Rogers and his assistant.

As part of a plea deal, Rogers agreed to pay $197,950 in restitution and faces a recommended sentence of 14 months home confinement.

His resignation comes after Plump and the assistant also pleaded guilty to related charges.

Rogers was the third Alabama lawmaker from this term to plead guilty to criminal charges.

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