- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island legislator who dropped out of a state Senate race after being sued by his former law firm has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges and resigned.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1Gx72E7 ) reports that David Denenberg faces a likely prison sentence of 41 to 51 months under the terms of his plea agreement. No sentencing date was announced.

He admitted in federal court Wednesday that he bilked a client of his former law firm out of $2.3 million.

His lawyer said Denenberg has repaid the money.

The eight-term Nassau County Democrat quit the race for state Senate in September after the allegations surfaced. He apologized to his supporters after the proceeding.

A special election will be held to replace him in the legislature. No date for that election has been announced.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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