BRADENTON, Fla. - In what is the first case of its kind involving Jefferson County, Ala.'s troubled sewer system, a former county commissioner has agreed to plead guilty to one count of obstructing justice in connection with her involvement in the sewer bond deals.

Mary Buckelew, who was a county commissioner from 1990 until 2006, admitted she lied to a federal grand jury in August when she denied receiving gifts from an investment banker involved in many of the county's sewer bond transactions, according to documents released by the U.S. attorney's office.

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