Indicted state senator charged with tipping off target

Posted at 5:59 AM, Nov 16, 2017

   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A sitting Maryland state senator already indicted on charges that he accepted illegal payments has been indicted again after investigators say he tipped off the target of a federal investigation.

A grand jury indicted Sen. Nathaniel Oaks on Wednesday on an obstruction of justice charge.

The U.S. attorney's office says the Baltimore Democrat had agreed to cooperate with the FBI by recording his conversations with the target of a new investigation. The target isn't identified.

The original indictment earlier this year charged Oaks with wire fraud, honest services wire fraud and violations of the Travel Act. It says he accepted illegal payments in exchange for using his official position to benefit an individual on business-related matters. His trial is scheduled for April.

His attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment.