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State Representative Nathan Cooper (R-Cape Girardeau) has pled guilty to fraud for his part in a scheme to import immigrants as truck drivers. From the Post-Dispatch:

As a lawyer, Cooper specialized in immigration law. Prosecutors say he relied on a provision of a federal law that allows seasonal workers to come into this country. But he used it to provide drivers for short-handed trucking companies — a type of job outside the scope of the law, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say Cooper bent the law by setting up shell companies, issuing bogus letters and buying visas.

In 2004-05, he took in $50,000 from trucking companies, prosecutors say. As part of his plea, he’ll forfeit the money.

Rep. Cooper has a long trail of stink behind him, as Fired Up Missouri has reported in the past.