Ex-US Rep. Used Charity Cash For Trips And More, Jury Told

By Michelle Casady (March 28, 2018, 7:18 PM EDT) -- A forensic accountant for the FBI told jurors on Wednesday that former U.S. Rep. Stephen Stockman, R-Texas, took a total of $450,000 in charitable donations from now-deceased millionaire and philanthropist Stanford Z. Rothschild Jr., deposited the funds into accounts he controlled and used the money for personal expenses.

Showlatha Johnson took the stand Wednesday afternoon in Chief U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal's courtroom and explained to jurors, using bank records, how the funds moved between seven different bank accounts that Stockman controlled. Prosecutors allege Stockman solicited a total of about $1.25 million in donations between May 2010 and October 2014 and...

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