John Edwards, former senator and presidential candidate, has been indicted on six counts including violating campaign contribution laws, conspiracy, and issuing false statements.
Edwards is scheduled to appear in federal court in Winston Salem, North Carolina, at 2:30 p.m. ET, according to a Justice Department official.
Plea discussions had been ongoing between Edwards' defense lawyers and federal prosecutors, but no agreement was reached. Edwards had not wanted to plead guilty to a felony because he could lose his law license, a source familiar with the inquiry previously told CNN.
A grand jury has been investigating that money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations -- a contention Edwards' team has disputed.
The former presidential candidate tried to cover up of an affair he had with a campaign videographer. The couple had a daughter together while Edwards was still married to his wife. The National Enquirer exposed Edwards as an adulterer and father during the last election cycle, sinking Edwards hopes to become Attorney General.