Another Corrupt Congressman Arrested
Former Republican Texas Congressman Stephen Ernest "Steve" Stockman has been arrested for conspiring to use contributions designated for a charity to fund his campaign and for personal use.
He has been indicted with a 28-count federal indictment for fraudulently soliciting $1.2 million in charitable donations and diverting more than $500,000 to himself and his campaign.
The indictment charges Stockman with money laundering, mail and wire fraud, lying to the Federal Election Commission, excessive campaign contributions and filing a fraudulent tax return.
Stockman's former staffer Thomas Dodd has already pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud and lying to the Federal Election Commission and is testifying against Stockman to get a lighter sentence.
Former Stockman aide Jason Posey has also been indicted, for using a nonprofit to get a $450,571 donation for a mailer campaign.
Most politicians, especially Republican Congressmen, engage in some sort of criminal activity, but most are somewhat clever about it and don't get indicted.
Stockman attended San Jacinto College in 1985 to 1986 but dropped out because he suffered from what he called "partying syndrome".
Stockman was a right-wing Republican and supporter of guns for everyone everywhere, abolishing the IRS and ending equal rights.
As an opponent of Obamacare and medicare, he was bankrupted when caring for his father who had Alzheimer's disease. The bankruptcy may have been part of his motivation for fraud.
Stockman claims to be a born-again Christian.