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Charged with fraud, Tennessee rep resigns, reaches plea deal

Former Republican State Rep. Robin Smith, Hixon, Tenn.
Former Tennessee Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixon)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Republican lawmaker has resigned after court documents were unsealed revealing that she faces a federal wire fraud charge involving a disgraced former state House speaker.

The legal team for Rep. Robin Smith also has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, court documents show. A plea hearing for the lawmaker from Hixson is scheduled for Tuesday.

According to court documents, Smith worked closely with former House Speaker Glen Casada and his then-chief of staff, Cade Cothren, through a political consulting firm that they used to funnel money to themselves while concealing their involvement in it.

Casada and Cothren are described but not named in the charging document.

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