Former state Sen. Sam McCann pleads not guilty to wire fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Sam McCann has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he illegally spent more than $200,000 in campaign funds on debts and personal expenses and to pay himself.

The State-Journal-Register reports the 51-year-old Plainview Republican was appointed a public defender during a hearing Tuesday after he told a magistrate that he was unemployed, being supported by his wife and had more than $30,000 in credit card debt and loans.

McCann was indicted Feb. 3 on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. He was a state senator from 2011 to early 2019.