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Rep. Chris Collins resigning from Congress ahead of expected guilty plea

WHECTV
Updated: September 30, 2019 06:18 PM
Created: September 30, 2019 11:15 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY27) is resigning from Congress ahead of his expected guilty plea in an insider trading case.

Collins has sent a letter of resignation that will take effect when Congress meets in a brief session on Tuesday, News10NBC confirmed with a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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According to federal court documents, Collins, his son Cameron Collins, and the father of his son’s fiancée, Stephen Zarsky, will plead guilty to charges this week in Manhattan. Collins' hearing is set for Tuesday at 3 p.m. The other defendants have hearings scheduled for Thursday. 

The three were indicted in August 2018 on charges of fraud, conspiracy, and lying to the FBI. Collins, 69, is accused of tipping off family members to sell stock in a drug company before the stock tanked.

The 27th Congressional District includes all of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties, and parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara, and Ontario counties.

It would be up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to fill the seat, which leans Republican.

This is a developing story. Watch for full coverage on WHEC.com and News10NBC.


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