At 7 a.m., the doorbell rang at the home of state Rep. Pat Widlitz, co-chair of the state General Assembly’s powerful Finance Committee.

She answered the door, still in her bathrobe and wearing slippers. She expected to find deck painters. Not the FBI.

“I had not even brushed my teeth yet,” she recalled of the moment.

It was last Thursday morning. Her husband had just left for the day; painters were scheduled to arrive at her Guilford home to stain her deck. So when she opened her door she thought she would find a painting crew.

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