Former Texas Congressman Stockman Hit With Corruption Charges

Federal prosecutors say there is corrupt, there is really corrupt, and then there's former Texas Republican Congressman, who they say was on the take from the day he entered Congress in 2013 to the day he left two years later, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.S

tockman, 60, has been indicted on 28 counts, from m oney laundering to mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Eelection Commission, and filing false tax returns.

The Justice Department says Stockman used his Congressional office to 'orchestrate a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and individuals who ran the foundations.'"

Shortly after Stockman took office in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, he allegedly used a nonprofit entity to secure a $450,000 donation in order to fund a mass mailing project attacking Stockman's opponent," the indictment claims.

The Feds say Stockman used the money for 'a variety of personal and campaign expenses, includign illegal conduit campaign contributions, and a covert surveillance project targeting a perceived political opponent.'

Stockman, who was elected with Tea Party support, left Congress in 2014 to mount an unsuccessful campaign to unseat U.S. Sen John Cornyn in the Republican primary.

When he was arrested last week, Stockman claimed the charges were the result of a 'deep state conspiracy.'

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