DOJ charges Texas congressman with conspiracy

In an official Department of Justice release, former U.S. representative Stephen E. Stockman, 60, of Clear Lake, Texas, has been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, falsified tax returns, and providing false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Stockman’s associate, former director of special projects, Jason Posey, 46, is facing similar charges. Posey is additionally being charged with falsifying an affidavit in an attempt to obstruct an FEC investigation.

Below are the total of funds Stockman illegally solicited:

•From May 2010 to October 2014: $1,250,000.

•2010: $285,000 in donation funds were diverted to Stockman’s personal expenses and interests.

•2012: $165,000 in charitable donations funded Stockman’s 2012 congressional campaign.

•2013: Stockman used $350,000 from charitable donations as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Posey used $450,571 from donations to fund a mass-mailing project attacking Stockman’s rival at the time. The charges and allegations, which were conducted by the FBI and IRS, are considered allegations until the defendants are proven guilty.

H/T: The Department of U.S. Justice

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