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  State rep pleads guilty to scam, will resign
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Last EditedRBH  Jan 11, 2008 07:01pm
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MediaNewspaper - St. Louis Post Dispatch
News DateSaturday, January 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA Missouri state representative pleaded guilty today in federal court to a charge relating to a credit card scam and agreed to resign his office.

Missouri Rep. John L. Bowman Sr. of Northwoods was indicted a year ago for bank fraud and unauthorized use of an access device for allegedly lying on a credit application and paying a Bank of America vice president a kickback to obtain a credit card.

But Bowman, once a rising Democratic Party star, has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser, misdemeanor charge of paying Robert Conner $1,000 to influence the approval of the credit application.

“I'm here to accept the plea agreement and hopefully bring closure to this chapter in my life,” Bowman said at the hearing this morning at St. Louis federal court.

He admitted bribing Conner and admitted that there was false information on his credit card application. He owes more than $22,000 in restitution to the Bank of America, prosecutors said.
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