A member of the Arizona House who is charged with bribery and other crimes stemming from an FBI undercover investigation into his earlier conduct as a city council member spent $15,000 of his legislative campaign money on a criminal defense attorney about six weeks before a grand jury indicted him.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports (http://bit.ly/5q8XKc ) that Democratic Rep. Ben Arredondo of Tempe had entered a single $15,000 expense on April 3 for "professional services" and "attorney fees."
Arredondo isn't seeking re-election.
The charges of bribery and other crimes accuse Arredondo of soliciting and accepting sports and charity event tickets from FBI undercover agents and of disclosing confidential information while a Tempe City Council member.
Arredondo has pleaded not guilty.