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Former Bristol mayor pleads to fraud

ABINDGON (AP) A former Bristol mayor and utilities board member has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a NASCAR ticket scheme.

Paul Hurley pleaded guilty on Monday to mail fraud and lying to a federal grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Giorno says the 74-year-old Bristol resident abused his position at the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority for his personal benefit.

According to court records, the authority bought tickets for two annual NASCAR races in Bristol at the request of Hurley.

Hurley said the tickets would be given to representatives of businesses interested in relocating to Bristol. Instead, he sold at least 50 tickets to friends, ticket scalpers and others for his personal benefit.

Hurley also made false statements to a grand jury investigating the authority.

The former Bristol mayor faces up to 25 years in prison.

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