LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Las Vegas director for the political advocacy group ACORN has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and agreed to testify against the group and another employee.
Chief Deputy Nevada Attorney General Conrad Hafen said Wednesday that Christopher Edwards' plea deal strengthens a felony case against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and Amy Busefink, a former regional voter registration director.
They're accused of illegally paying canvassers to register voters during last year's presidential campaign.
Edwards pleaded guilty this week to two counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17.
Hafen says the group had a local policy of paying bonuses to canvassers who signed up 21 or more new voters per shift.
The case threatens the group's ability to operate in Nevada, with the possibility that the group could have its status as a nonprofit corporation revoked, said Conrad Hafen, chief deputy attorney general for Nevada.
Hafen's said Edwards' testimony strengthens the state's case against ACORN and Busefink.
"It adds to the evidence that we already have," Hafen said Wednesday. "It makes a strong case that much stronger."