|By Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Wren's attorney said Wednesday he believed the review by Northwestern Mutual stemmed from a misunderstanding of the plea deal, and the nature of the charge.
"It's really Northwestern's insurers," said attorney
The review was first reported by SNL, a financial news group, on Wednesday.
"In light of this information,
Wren, an insurance agent and financial advisor, owns
Wren, 59, pleaded guilty
The agreement said that as Wren was shopping the language around, APCI helped him secure an
Anderson said at the time of the plea that Wren's actions did not constitute an "intentional violation" of the law. Anderson repeated that argument Wednesday, saying intention was the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor.
Under the state ethics law, an intentional violation of the state's ethics law is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a
Wren received two years' probation and a 12-month suspended sentence as part of his agreement. He was also ordered to pay
According to the state
Anderson said he understood that Wren's relationship with Northwestern was "on hold."
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