Sen. Crutchfield's resignation set to take effect

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Convicted state Senator Ward Crutchfield is expected to resign his seat today.

The 78-year-old lawmaker admitted taking $3,000 from an undercover FBI agent during the federal bribery and extortion investigation code-named Tennessee Waltz.

Prosecutors dropped a more serious extortion charge against Crutchfield in exchange for his guilty plea.       Tennessee Waltz indictments were returned in May 2005.

Four sitting lawmakers and a former lawmaker were charged with taking payoffs from a company called E-Cycle Management, a creation of the FBI.

Crutchfield is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 28 by U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen in Memphis.

His 10th Senate District includes Brainerd, part of Lookout Mountain, Hixson and Soddy-Daisy in Hamilton County and all of Marion County.

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