Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme

Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme
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Former Rep. Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanInmates break windows, set fires in riot at Kansas prison Wife of imprisoned former congressman cites COVID-19 risk in plea to Trump for husband's freedom Consequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears MORE (R-Texas) was sentenced to 120 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,014,718.51 for a campaign finance scheme.

After he leaves prison, Stockman will be subject to three years of supervised release, according to an announcement from the Department of Justice.

"Former Representative Stockman stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from charities, then used the money to pay personal expenses and fund his political campaigns,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski in the announcement.

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"As this case demonstrates, the Justice Department and our law enforcement partners will aggressively pursue corrupt public officials, including those who seek to corrupt our elections for personal gain," Benczkowski said.

Stockman was found guilty in 23 of 24 charges related to his defrauding of charitable donors in April this year.

He was accused of using $1.25 million in charitable donations to pay personal and campaign expenses.

Prosecutors called it a "white-collar crime spree."

Previously, Stockman served two nonconsecutive terms in the House and mounted a failed primary challenge against Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Bottom line Five questions about the next COVID-19 relief package MORE (R) in 2014.