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State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, is pictured after being booked on corruption charges in Travis County.

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, is pictured after being booked on corruption charges in Travis County.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Travis County prosecutors say in a court filing that state Rep. Dawnna Dukes spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, appeared for work at the Capitol impaired and hid a cellphone from investigators.

The filing this week was provided by prosecutors ahead of her Oct. 16 misdemeanor corruption trial and is meant to inform Dukes' attorneys of the allegations prosecutors will assert during the trial.

READ ALSO: State Rep. Dawnna Dukes indicted on corruption charges

The Austin Democrat is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling Dukes' daughter back and forth from school.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that prosecutors still want to present a felony case against the lawmaker, alleging that she falsified reimbursement vouchers.

Dukes' attorney, Dane Ball, declined to comment on this week's court filing.


Comments:
Among many other things, she agreed to a contract with the Austin school district for her company, DM Dukes and Associates, to provide business evaluations but subcontracted the work to a consulting firm. The district paid Dukes $514,224 from May 2015 to March 2016. She was absent for roll call 65 percent of the time during the 2017 legislative regular session, and 36 percent of the time in the special session.

Posted by Nick Elodeon at 9/22/2017 7:51:40 AM

Oh my gosh, what is it with people believing in physics?
Posted by Sasquatch at 9/22/2017 3:01:51 PM

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