Former lawmaker pleads guilty to identity theft


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A former Kentucky lawmaker sent to prison for a bribery scheme has pleaded guilty to identity theft.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ex-state Representative Keith Hall of Pikeville entered into a plea agreement Thursday that recommends a two-year sentence on the federal count. According to court documents, prosecutors will move at sentencing to dismiss five other charges.

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Hall was accused of using fake documents to convince a customer he had insurance so he could keep a contract.

He is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for a 2015 conviction for bribing an inspector to overlook violations at his surface coal mines.

Sentencing on the identity theft charge was set for May 24.

Hall was a longtime lawmaker until his re-election defeat in 2014.