Brian Kelsey’s fraud trial adjourned

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Tennessee Senator Brian Kelsey’s hearing scheduled for this week in Nashville has been postponed until the end of the month.

Kelsey pleaded not guilty to the charges, but has since asked the court to change her plea.

Kelsey and Nashville social club owner Joshua Smith were indicted by a federal grand jury last year after transferring nearly $100,000 from Kelsey’s state Senate campaign, along with another $80,000 to his federal campaign committee.

A false contribution report was reported to the Federal Election Commission. Kelsey faces multiple charges, including defrauding the federal government and illegally transferring “soft” money.

Kelsey’s trial will begin in January.

On Tuesday, voters in Tennessee will vote for a new state senator for the 31st District, which represents the Germantown area. Kelsey, an incumbent senator, decided not to run for re-election after being accused of violating several election laws.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Brent Taylor and Democratic candidate Ruby Powell-Dennis are replacing Kelsey on the ballot.

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