Former Kentucky Lawmaker Faces New Federal Charges

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A former Kentucky lawmaker sent to prison for a bribery scheme is facing new charges.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ex-state Rep. Keith Hall was indicted on federal charges of using fake documents to convince a customer he had insurance so he could keep a contract.

Hall faces up to 20 years in prison on the most serious of the new charges.

The 58-year-old Hall is serving a seven-year prison sentence for a 2015 conviction for bribing an inspector to overlook violations at his surface coal mines.

Hall now is accused of giving fake certificates showing a Pike County company had insurance.

The grand jury Thursday charged Hall with three counts of wire fraud. Hall was a longtime lawmaker until his re-election defeat in 2014. Court documents do not list an attorney for Hall.