Ex-Rep. TJ Cox finalizing plea deal in sweeping Federal fraud case

The former Congressman is set to change his not guilty plea in federal court.

Former Congressman TJ Cox is close to striking a plea deal with the federal government. 

Court documents show that Cox, who entered a not guilty plea, has requested a change of plea hearing in July. 


The backstory: Cox, a Democrat, served one term in Congress from 2019-2021 and was arrested in August 2022 after being indicted by a federal grand jury for multiple financial crimes, including wire fraud and money laundering. 

The big picture: U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara McAuliffe granted Cox a delay in the case in March as a plea deal was being worked out, saying at the time that she would not grant another delay absent good cause. 

  • But Cox has been granted one more delay to the hearing that was scheduled for May 22, pushing it back to July 29. 
  • Cox’s attorneys and the federal government issued a joint request to delay the hearing and set a change of plea hearing for July 29. 
  • That allows both parties to finalize plea terms and file change of plea documents. 
  • Court documents also state that Cox’s attorney Mark Coleman is recovering from a recent illness and medical procedure and needs additional time to consult with Cox. 
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