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Former House Speaker Hastert pleads guilty to lying to investigators

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Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about plans to pay someone he had wronged $3.5 million in hush money.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors recommend a prison sentence of up to six months.

The U.S. attorney’s office for Northern Illinois said that only after Hastert files his plea will the details of the agreement be revealed.Two sources with knowledge of the federal investigation said in June that Hastert was paying a former student to stay quiet about allegations of sexual abuse from when he was a wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Ill.

The indictment details payments and a payment plan to an “Individual A” by Hastert. That person has never been officially identified.Hastert was charged with lying to FBI investigators about his payment plan for “Individual A” and structuring bank transactions under $10,000 to avoid triggering federal reporting requirements.

Hastert initially pleaded not guilty to all charges, but Hastert’s defense team entered negotiations with prosecutors last month.

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