Aide to ex-Texas Congressman Steve Stockman also gets prison

1 year 6 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, December 12 2018 Dec 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 10:10 AM December 12, 2018 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - A onetime aide to former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman must follow his ex-boss to federal prison in a $1.25 million charity and campaign funds scam.

Thomas Dodd of Houston was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months and ordered to repay $800,000.

Dodd in 2017 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to conspiracy to make conduit contributions and false statements.

Prosecutors say Stockman spent funds, solicited for charitable and nonprofit efforts, on personal bills or campaigns.

Stockman, who's from the Houston area, in April was convicted on 23 counts including fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He was sentenced in November to 10 years in prison.

Stockman served in the U.S. House from 1995 until 1997, and from 2013 until 2015. He failed in a U.S. Senate bid.

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