Aides Plead "No Contest" To Failing To File Loans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two former aides to Governor Taft have pleaded no contest to charges they failed to report loans they got from coin dealer Tom Noe. Doug Moormann and Douglas Talbott are the latest ex-members of the Taft administration to reach plea agreements in the corruption scandal revolving around Noe.

Moormann has pleaded no contest to violating ethics law by failing to report a five-thousand-dollar loan and will pay a one-thousand-dollar fine.

Talbott's plea involves a $39,000 loan, and he will pay fines totaling nearly 4,000 dollars.

Although the two had left Taft's office when they received the loans, they both served on state boards that required they report any oustanding loans.

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