Patronage Probe

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A former aide to Governor Ernie Fletcher is due in court Monday for a guilty plea for his role in a state hiring scandal.

Former state highway engineer Sam Beverage is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor official misconduct charge.

He is charged with perjury and could get a $500 fine and up to 12 months in jail under the deal with prosecutors.

Beverage was the lone current or former Fletcher administration official still facing criminal charges stemming from the state hiring scandal that erupted in May 2005.

He was pardoned, but later allegedly made false statements to a grand jury about the merit-position appointments of two employees.

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