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Former Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) was found guilty Thursday of 23 out of 24 felony charges related to the defrauding of two conservative donors, the Texas Tribune reported.
The jury deliberated for three days before finding Stockman guilty, a decision that could mean he will face decades behind bars. Two former aides also accepted guilty pleas in the trial and testified against Stockman.
The article goes on to state the following:
The jury reportedly rejected only one out four charges of wire fraud.
The fiery former conservative lawmaker was accused of using $1.25 million in charitable donations from two conservative mega-donors to fund both personal and campaign expenses in what prosecutors called a “white-collar crime spree.”
Prosecutors maintained that the donations were given to the lawmaker for specific charitable purposes, including renovations for a building used by interns as well as “education” materials for voters.
Stockman’s defense attorney, Sean Buckley, said they will be appealing the verdict.
Former GOP Rep Steve Stockman has been found guilty of 23 felonies today and could spend decades in jail. He was accused of funneling $1.25M in charitable donations toward unrelated efforts, including campaign and personal expenses.https://t.co/JxThbsTWsZ
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) April 12, 2018
The Texas Tribune added:
That verdict puts Stockman — a firebrand conservative who served two nonconsecutive terms in the U.S. House before losing a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas — at risk of decades in federal prison. And in the immediate future, it sends him into federal custody, where he will remain pending sentencing in August. U.S. Marshals took him into custody shortly after the verdict was read, over the objections of his lawyers. The prosecution had warned that he might be a “flight risk,” Buckley explained.
Stockman has been on trial in federal court in Houston for nearly a month on corruption charges that include mail and wire fraud, money laundering and violations of federal election law.
Stockman served two separate terms in the House, from 1995 to 1997, then again from 2013 to 2015.
Jurors in #SteveStockman’s trial deliberated for about 15 1/2 hours. There are 24 charges: mail fraud (1-4), wire fraud (5-8), election law violations (9-12), money laundering (13-22, 24, 27), filing false tax return (28). @HPMNews887
— Andrew Schneider (@ASchneider_HPM) April 12, 2018
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 12, 2018
Former congressman Steve Stockman was just convicted on 23 felony financial fraud counts. Good time to recall that he was instrumental in funding and organizing the right’s astroturfed, paid “campus carry” activist network in US colleges https://t.co/2vOhMTsQKx pic.twitter.com/By3EXYamge
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) April 12, 2018