Wormuth pleads guilty in federal court

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Former Halfmoon Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth pleaded guilty in federal court Monday.

Wormuth had nothing to say as she left federal court after pleading guilty to a two count indictment. She was accused of bribery, extortion and lying to FBI agents.

Sketch of Mindy Wormuth in federal court on Monday, August 10, 2015.
Sketch of Mindy Wormuth in federal court on Monday, August 10, 2015.

The actual charges against her are the result of an FBI sting. Prosecutors said Wormuth accepted $7,500 in cash as a bribe. In return, she said she would lobby state lawmakers to legalized mixed martial arts.

Her arrest was part of a larger probe by federal authorities of Halfmoon and Saratoga County. According to court documents, the investigation began in 2013.

Shortly after, Wormuth and her husband allegedly accepted $50,000 from a local builder. Court papers also reveal the couple sold two properties to another developer for much more than they appeared to be worth.

Her sentencing is scheduled for December. She had faced up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.

Wormuth is also facing state charges. She is accused of stealing more than $6,200 from her campaign fund and lying to investigators. Authorities said that went on from 2009 to 2013.

She also underwent substance abuse treatment following her arrest.

Wormuth is expected in Saratoga County Court Monday.

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