Former SeMo Lawmaker Begins Serving Federal Prison Sentence

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Former state representative Nathan Cooper of Cape Girardeau began serving a 15-month federal prison sentence for immigration fraud this week at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.

The former southeast Missouri lawmaker is confined to the minimum-security camp adjacent to the main prison in keeping with his request when sentenced in December, 2007.  Cooper could receive up to 54 days off for good behaviour for every year he is in prison, under federal law, meaning he could could be released after 13 months.

Cooper was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Cooper pleaded guilty to two felonies for helping two trucking companies obtain the services of foreign drivers.  The Republican was in the middle of his second term representing the 158th District when he resigned in August.