BOSTON — Former Rep. Nicholas Mavroules (D-Mass.) pleaded guilty Thursday to 15 racketeering and extortion charges but denied that he ever took a bribe.
Mavroules, a seven-term congressman unseated last year in an election dominated by the charges, agreed to plead guilty to all but two counts of the federal indictment in a deal with prosecutors days before his trial was to begin.
Prosecutors said they would recommend that Mavroules be sentenced to 18 months in jail, of which he would serve at least 15 months. He could receive up to 50 months under sentencing guidelines. Sentencing was scheduled for June 22.
"Whatever's facing me, I'm a man and I'll face it and I'll face it very honestly," Mavroules told reporters. "But I am not going to put my family through this."