FBI nabs Wilkerson

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008

At several points in the affidavit, it is suggested that Wilkerson persuaded other officials to assist her in obtaining the license and passing the direct-designation bill. No specific allegations of wrongdoing are laid out in the affidavit, but the descriptions in some cases raise questions about their actions.

Those officials are not named. However, one senator, described as the chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, is clearly Michael Morrissey of Quincy. A state representative described as “Assistant Majority Leader” from a district within Wilkerson’s senate district appears to refer to Byron Rushing, who is second assistant majority leader in the house.

There has been no allegation that either Morrissey or Rushing have been implicated in illegal activities. The affidavit alleges that Wilkerson told FBI undercover agents that she could count on the support of these legislators.

The US Attorney’s office is expected to hold a press conference about the arrest later today. An attorney for Wilkerson did not immediately return a Phoenix phone call.

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