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Carl "Chris" Perkins, a former four-term congressman from Kentucky, agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to three felony charges including kiting checks at the House of Representatives bank, the Justice Department announced.

The government said Perkins' secretary while he was in Congress, Martha Amburgey, also agreed to plead guilty.No date was immediately set for the pleas.

Perkins, 40, represented Kentucky's 7th congressional district from 1984 to 1993. A Democrat, he first won the seat after the death of his father, Carl C. Perkins, who had held the seat for 36 years. The younger Perkins did not seek re-election in 1992 after a redistricting.

These are the fourth and fifth criminal cases brought by the department's House Bank Task Force, formed in December 1992, to investigate widespread writing of checks with insufficient funds and other improprieties surrounding the since-closed House Bank.

Perkins had been reported to have written 514 checks on the House Bank with insufficient funds to cover them.

Three felony information charges were filed against Perkins in U.S. District Court here.

Perkins faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.