HOUSTON (AP) – Disgraced former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman must serve 10 years in federal prison after being convicted on 23 counts related to fraud and conspiracy.
Stockman was sentenced Wednesday in Houston. Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Republican from Clear Lake, near Houston, misused charitable donations for personal and political expenses.
Stockman was accused of conspiring to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 meant for charitable purposes and voter education. He was convicted in April of counts including mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
Two aides who earlier pleaded guilty to aiding in the scam await sentencing.
Stockman served in the U.S. House from 1995 until 1997, and then another term from 2013 until 2015. He failed in his 2014 bid for U.S. Senate.