Former Butler County politician could change plea in criminal case

CINCINNATI - A federal court hearing is set for Wednesday in the ongoingcriminal case against one of Butler County's most notable formerpoliticians, MIchael Fox.

Fox initially pleaded not guilty to charges that accused him oftaking kickbacks and bribes for county contracts. In the hearing,he could change his plea to guilty or he could accept a pleaagreement.

The case dates back to 2005 when a now defunct company calledDynus Corp. took out millions in illegal bank loans in the name ofthe county for the creation of a fiber optics network. The formerButler County commissioner and Children Services director ischarged with not properly reporting nearly half a million dollarsin payments from a vendor. Prosecutors say Fox took the money fromcontractors to guarantee county contracts. He also is charged withtax evasion and mail fraud.

His actual trial is set for April 11, but that could go awaydepending on the outcome of the hearing on Wednesday. It isscheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. District Court in Cincinnatibefore Judge Sandra Beckwith.

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