Ex-Denton Candidate Pleads No Contest to Tampering

Clifton pleads no contest in plea deal

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    Prosecutors on Monday dropped a felony bribery charge after Clifton pleaded no contest to the lesser tampering count.

    An ex-mayoral candidate in North Texas has pleaded no contest to tampering with records in a residency dispute.

    The Denton Record-Chronicle reported Tuesday that Bob Clifton was fined $300 for the misdemeanor, over allegations he used a false address in his failed 2010 bid for mayor of Denton.

    Clifton had said he was leasing a home in Denton and that fulfilled his residency requirements. The owner of the house later said the structure wasn't livable and had no utilities.

    Prosecutors on Monday dropped a felony bribery charge after Clifton pleaded no contest to the lesser tampering count. Mayor Mark Burroughs, who was re-elected last year, had accused Clifton asking for money to abandon his campaign.

    The Record-Chronicle previously reported that Clifton in mid-2009 bought a commercial-apartment building in Olney.