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A former Rhode Island state lawmaker has agreed to plead guilty to fraud charges, becoming the third ex-House member in 11 days to be charged with criminal conduct.

Democrat Ray Gallison was charged in U.S. District Court on Monday with mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns.

Gallison is an attorney and has acknowledged taking money from a dead man's estate and other misconduct.

Prosecutors say he stole from clients who trusted him and lied about it.

Gallison's lawyer didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

Gallison was chairman of the powerful House finance committee. He resigned in May amid state and federal investigations.

Two other Democratic former House members were criminally charged this month in state court for unrelated conduct.

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