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Former Arizona legislative aide sentenced to probation

PHOENIX — A former Arizona legislative aide has been placed on probation
on a wire-fraud conviction stemming from the diversion of more than $130,000
from a legislator’s campaign account.

John Rowland Mills was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge James Teilborg.

The judge last week threw out eight of nine wire-fraud convictions against

Mills took the money from then-House Speaker Jim Weiers’ 2008
re-election campaign account but returned it just before the election. The
conviction for that final wire transfer stands.

Teilborg ruled that the previous eight wire transfers were not necessary for
the long-term perpetration of the fraud but instead were for personal expenses
and investments.

Mills worked for majority House Republicans before resigning in May 2012.


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