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Former Arkansas lawmaker seeks delay in sentencing hearing for fraud case


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A former Arkansas state senator who has pleaded guilty to spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items is seeking a delay in his sentencing hearing.

Attorneys for former Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro on Monday asked a federal judge to postpone the sentencing hearing, originally set for next week. Bookout in March pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for spending the campaign funds on clothing, liquor, a sound system and other personal items.

Bookout stepped down two years ago over ethics violations related to the campaign misspending.

Bookout's attorney said the former lawmaker needs more time to meet with his accountant to identify which campaign donors have been reimbursed. The filing says federal prosecutors don't object to the motion.

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