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Former Ariz. Veterans Services chief pleads guilty

The former director of the state Department of Veterans Services has pleaded guilty following allegations he misused public funds.

Attorney General Terry Goddard’s office says Patrick Chorpenning Sr., pleaded guilty Wednesday to conflict of interest and violating procurement laws.

A two-year investigation by the state auditor general’s office found that Chorpenning authorized the use of more than $1 million in possible violation of several state laws. He’s accused of creating unadvertised positions for relatives.

Chorpenning resigned in 2007 amid concerns about care provided by the department’s nursing home.

The 63-year-old Peoria resident did not have a listed number, and his attorney could not immediately be reached.

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