Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 | 11:12 a.m.
A former Nevada state assemblyman has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor fraud charge in a plea deal that could spare him jail time in a campaign funds case.
Morse Arberry Jr. said nothing outside the courtroom after entering his plea Tuesday before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Diana Sullivan.
Arberry was facing felony charges of perjury and offering a false instrument after he was accused of funneling campaign funds to personal accounts.
The plea deal eliminated six felony charges. He will avoid jail if he begins paying more than $120,000 in restitution and stays out of trouble for a year.
Prosecutor Thom Gover says the plea deal with the 58-year-old Arberry is significant because it is a criminal, rather than a civil, conviction.