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Was an Affair to Blame for Tom Horne's Hit-and-Run?

Earlier in the month, the FBI accused Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne of causing a hit-and-run accident in Phoenix. According to the recently released FBI report, the situation is a whole lot shadier than your everyday hit-and-run.

The FBI report claims that Horne fled the scene of the accident because he didn't want anyone to see him with his employee Carmen Chenal. Why? Because Horne and Chenal were allegedly having an affair, Fox 10 News reports.

Now Horne will not only face possible charges, but the wrath of his wife as well.

The FBI began investigating Horne after he was accused of campaign violations during the 2010 election. Agents said that they were following Horne on March 27 when they saw him back into a parked car and drive off. The accident caused about $1,000 in damage to the other vehicle.

Horne's employees told the FBI that that attorney general acted strangely after the incident. "It was Monday morning," a spokeswoman for the AG's office told FBI agents, according to the FBI report. "He came in and he looked like a ghost."

When questioned, Horne reportedly told agents he left the scene because he didn't think there was any damage to the car. But according to the FBI, Horne had an ulterior motive.

"Horne is having an extramarital affair with Chenal and they utilize Chenal's apartment for furtherance of that affair," the FBI report states. The accident, which happened in the parking lot of Chenal's apartment building, would've given the affair away.

The FBI later turned the case over to Phoenix police.

Even if no one is hurt in an accident, a driver has a duty to stop under Arizona law.

The law requires you to give the other driver your name, address, and vehicle registration number. If the other driver requests it, you must also show him your driver's license so he can copy down the number.

Failure to stop in an accident that involved property damage is a Class 2 misdemeanor. That means if Horne is convicted, he could face up to four months in jail. However, if it's his first offense, he'll probably walk away without jail time.

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