12th April (UPI) – A federal jury on Thursday found former US Representative Steve Stockman guilty of 23 crimes involving the use of large-donor donations for personal and campaign costs.
Stockman, 61, faces 20 years in federal jail for every crime conviction that counts 11 money laundering, seven counts of mail and cable scams, two counts of false positives to the Federal Election Commission, a count of coordinated excessive campaign posts, a count of the conspiracy to make conduit campaign contributions, and a count of filing a false tax return.
The conviction is scheduled for 17 August.
"Stephen Stockman abused his position as United States Congressman to cheat and then use charitable donors the proceeds of his crimes to corrupt the election process and make a series of inadmissible personal expenses," Deputy Attorney General Cronan said in a statement.
Prosecutors accused Stockman of soliciting donations of more than $ 2 million to a charitable organization. About half of this money went to the charity, while the other half was spent on Stockman's personnel and campaign costs.
"Stockman used this donation for a variety of personal and campaign expenses, including Illegal Conduit campaign contributions monitoring project aimed at a perceived political adversary and payments related to Stockman's US Senate campaign in early 201
Two former employees of Stockman – Thomas Dodd, 38, and Jason Posey, 46 – were involved in the plan and pleaded guilty to Stockman's trial.
Stockman, a Republican from Texas, served two non-consecutive terms in Congress. His first term was between 1995 and 1997, when he represented the 9th district of Texas. His next term was 2013-2015, when he represented the 36th district of Texas
He decided not to stand for re-election in 2014 and instead ran into the Republican primary for the US Senate, where he lost to the acting Senator. Jon Cornyn, R-Texas.
Stockman was charged with crimes charges last year.