A former Camden resident who worked with co-defendent Paul Manafort pleaded guilty last Friday to a felony offense of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist on behalf of a Ukrainian political party, according to The Washington Post. W. Samuel Patten, 47, was reportedly charged with one count of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act for failing to register with the Justice Department when he represented the pro-Russian Ukrainian Opposition Bloc from 2014 to 2018.

Patten also reportedly admitted that he helped a Ukrainian businessman steer an illegal foreign donation of $50,000 to President Donald Trump’s inauguration by arranging for an American citizen to act as a “straw donor.” The WaPo reported that Patten formed a lobbying and consulting company with a Russian national and received $1 million advising a Ukrainian opposition party beginning in 2015.

Patten grew up in Camden and attended Camden-Rockport High School in the late 1980s. He previously worked for both Republican U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe and ran former President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign in Maine. He is the son of former Camden Herald and Republican Journal owner Bill Patten.

The Washington Post reports that Patten agreed to cooperate in exchange for a recommendation of leniency in sentencing as the charge carries a maximum of five years in prison — although both sides agreed there is no recommended sentence under federal guidelines. His trial is scheduled to start in?Washington on Sept. 24. In a post on Facebook, Patten said he was wrong not to have reported his work on behalf of the Opposition Bloc.

“I apologize for the embarrassment this lapse in my own high professional standards has caused my family, my friends and my past and present work associates. It was never my intention to cause harm,” wrote Patten. “Indeed, my career in international politics has consisted largely of helping democratic forces engage in competitive, non-violent election campaigns and helping improve governance in challenging parts of the world, from Russia to Iraq and throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. With each project I’ve pursued, I sought to improve the lives of people by working to expand freedom, prosperity and the rule of law.”