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AG Clears Way for Hefty Fines for Cooper

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Former Sen. Jerry Cooper Former Sen. Jerry Cooper

Former state Sen. Jerry Cooper could face some hefty fines.

That's the word from the state attorney general.

It follows questions first raised by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Back in December, the Warren County Democrat appeared before a state board to ask for leniency for illegally pocketing $95,000 from his campaign.

The Registry of Election Finance had fined him $120,000.

But Cooper's lawyer argued that, under state law, the board could only fine him $10,000.

Now the attorney general says Cooper could actually be fined $10,000 for each of the 23 checks he wrote.

The Registry will take up Cooper's request next Wednesday.

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