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Former Delegate Michael Vaughn Charged With Accepting Bribes for Vote

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    Former Maryland state delegate Michael Vaughn appeared in Greenbelt federal court Wednesday, facing eight counts of bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud. According to Vaughn's indictment, he took more than $10,000 in payments in exchange for supporting two bills regulating Sunday liquor sales in Prince Georges County. News4 Prince George's Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

    (Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017)

    A former delegate for Prince George's County is facing bribery and other charges following allegations he took $10,000 in bribes in exchange for voting "yes" on the county's Sunday liquor sales bill.

    Michael Vaughn was indicted Monday, following an ongoing federal investigation involving the liquor industry in the county. Vaughn has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, prosecutors announced Wednesday. 

    According to court documents, Vaughn took over $10,000 in cash from several liquor store owners in exchange for voting for the county's Sunday liquor sales bill in 2015. 

    Vaugn is also accused of diverting money from his campaign finance committee for his own personal use. 

    The Prince George's County Democrat resigned in January, less than an hour before the legislature convened. A delegate since 2003, Vaughn wrote that his resignation was effective immediately, only citing "ongoing health challenges."

    If convicted on all charges, Vaughn faces a maximum of 105 years in prison.