List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes

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This list includes American politicians at the state and local levels who have been convicted of crimes they committed in office. These include all elected officials their staff and appointees. Not everyone who works in government is a politician save those who meet the requirements of Notability in the English Wikipedia. Private citizens, businessmen and family should not be included, unless they relate to the crime as co-defendants.

The list does not include scandals, accusations, arrests or indictments that have not led lead to convictions. At the bottom of the article are links to related articles which deal with politicians who are involved in scandals (political and sex), as well as differentiating among federal, state and local convictions. Also excluded are crimes which occur outside the politician’s tenure in office unless they specifically stem from acts during his time of service.

Entries are arranged by date, from most current to less recent, and by state.

Contents

2010–2014[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • State Representative Terry Spicer (D) pleaded guilty to accepting more than $3000 per month in bribes. (2011)[1]

Arizona[edit]

  • State Representative Richard Miranda (D) resigned from the legislature in February 2012 citing family and health reasons. In March he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion.[2] (2012)

Local[edit]

  • Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia Von Borstel (D), and his father, Octavio Garcia Suarez, were arrested on fraud, theft and money laundering charges. He was ultimately convicted of bribery charges and received a three and a half year prison term. He was sentenced to seven years probation on the fraud charges.[3][4]

Arkansas[edit]

  • State Representative Hudson Hallum (D) pleaded guilty to voter bribing. (2012)[5]

California[edit]

  • State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D) She was charged with felony grand theft after being caught on video surveillance allegedly shoplifting $2,445 worth of merchandise from San Francisco's Neiman Marcus store.[6][7] She was sentenced to $180 fine and three years probation and was ordered to stay more than 50 feet from the store. (2011)

Local[edit]

Colorado[edit]

  • State Representative Douglas Bruce (R), was convicted on four counts of felony criminal activity including, money laundering, attempted improper influence of a public official, and tax fraud. He was sentenced on February 13, 2012 to a total of 180 days in jail, $49,000 in fines, and six months of probation which included extensive disclosure requirements. (2011)[9][10]

Connecticut[edit]

  • State Senator Thomas Gaffey (D), arrested for larceny.[11] He resolved the criminal charges by agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, resign his state senate seat effective January 5, 2011, and serve 100 hours of community service. (2011)

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut Eddie Perez (D), was sentenced to eight years, suspended after three years, with three years in prison, to be followed by three years of probation for corruption. (2010)[12]

Florida[edit]

  • Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Jim Greer (R) was sentenced to 18 months in prison plus one year of probation after pleading guilty to four counts of theft and one count of money laundering, admitting he stole some $200,000 of party donations. (2013)[13][14]
  • Florida State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel(R) resigned his position and was sentenced to 10 months in prison for federal drug charges. (2008)[15][16]

Local[edit]

  • Port St. Lucie Mayor Patricia Christensen (D) was convicted of theft of campaign funds. In a guilty plea agreement, she was sentenced to probation. (2011)[17]

Georgia[edit]

  • State Senator Charles Walker (D), was convicted of 127 felony charges related to various schemes. Walker paid $698,047 in restitution and another $200,000 in fines and court fees. (2013)[18]

Local[edit]

  • Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter (R) resigned and pled guilty to bribery. (2012)[19]

Idaho[edit]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Reprsentative Keith Farnham (D) convicted of distributing child pornography. (2014)[20]
  • State Representative Derrick Smith (D) was arrested and convicted of accepting a $7000 bribe. (2012)[21]

Local[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Local[edit]

Iowa[edit]

  • State Senator Kent Sorenson (R) resigned from office October 2, 2013 when it was revealed that he accepted $73,000 to change his support from Michele Bachmann’s campaign to that of Ron Paul. He pled guilty to one count of falsely reporting expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice.[25]

Kansas[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Local[edit]

  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) was found guilty on 20 counts of bribery and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. (2014)[26]

Maine[edit]

  • State Representative David R. Burns (R) Burns resigned his seat and pled guilty to misdemeanor forgery and theft charges and was sentenced to 6 months. (2012)[27][28]
  • State Representative Frederick Wintle (R), pled guilty to a concealed weapons charge and resigned his position in September 13, 2011.[29][30][31][32]

Maryland[edit]

Local[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • State Representative Carlos Henriquez (D) was convicted of two counts assault and battery charges and sentenced to 2.5 years, with six months to be served in the Billerica County House of Correction and the remaining two years to be spent on probation.[36] (2014)
  • State Representative Stephen Stat Smith (D) pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law for his role in a voter fraud scheme.[37] (2012)
  • Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi (D) was found guilty of using his position to secure multimillion-dollar state contracts for Cognos, a business intelligence software company, in exchange for kickbacks.[38] (2011)

Local[edit]

  • Boston Councillor Chuck Turner (Green Party) was expelled from the Boston City Council on December 1, 2010 following his conviction on federal bribery charges.[39]

Michigan[edit]

Local[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

  • Judge Bobby DeLaughter (D) was made famous for finally convicting Byron De La Beckwith in 1994 for the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. DeLaughter pled guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. (2010)

Missouri[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Hamilton, New Jersey Mayor John Bencivengo (R) was sentenced to 38 months in prison for corruption (2013) [47][48]

New Hampshire[edit]

New York[edit]

  • State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello (R) appointed by Governor George Pataki(R), pled guilty to costing the taxpayers $48,000 in overtime by making her staff carry out personal chores for her such as taking her shopping and picking up her dry cleaning. Her plea deal calls for 250 hours of community service at an Albany health clinic, $22,500 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.[49][50]
  • State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa (D) sentenced to a year in jail for entering into a sham marriage in order to gain U.S. citizenship. (2014)[51]
  • State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. (D) convicted of bribery (2014)[52]
  • State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) found guilty of bribery, conspiracy and other related charges. (2014)[53]
  • State Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D) convicted of perjury (2013)[54]
  • State Senator Shirley Huntley (D) convicted of mail fraud.[55] She was sentenced to one year and a day in prison.(2013)[56][57]
  • Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Pedro Espada Jr. (D) On May 14, 2012 a federal jury found Espada guilty of embezzling money from federally funded healthcare clinics, after 11 days of deliberation.[58]
  • State Senator Vincent Leibell (R) on December 6, 2010, Leibell pled guilty to felony bribery, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice charges related to $43,000 in cash kickbacks he took from 2003 to 2006. Leibell had resigned just prior to being arrested, which allows him to keep a $71,000 pension.(2012)[59][60]
  • State Senator Nicholas Spano (R), in 2012 Spano was indicted for federal income tax evasion. Spano pleaded guilty to the single felony. He admitted that he underreported his income — $42,419 in federal income taxes and $10,605 in state taxes — from 2000 to 2008. He was sentenced to 12 to 18 months in federal prison. (2012)
  • New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi (D), was convicted on charges surrounding a "pay to play" scheme regarding the New York State Pension Fund, and was sentenced to 1–4 years. (2011)
  • State Senator Carl Kruger (D) resigned his seat and pled guilty to charges of corruption and bribery. (2011)[61]

Local[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

  • Governor of North Carolina Mike Easley (D) was convicted of a federal campaign law felony (2010).[65]
  • State Representative Stephen LaRoque (R) was supposed to redirect loan monies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to small business owners in rural areas with limited access to capital, instead he took $300,000 for himself. He was convicted on 12 counts including theft, money laundering and filing false tax returns. (2013)[66][67]

Local[edit]

Ohio[edit]

  • State Representative W. Carlton Weddington (D) was convicted on bribery charges and sentenced to three years in prison. (2012)[68]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • State Representative Jose Miranda (D) convicted of fraud. (2013)
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Joan Orie Melvin (R) was convicted in February 2013, on six of seven corruption charges including theft of services, criminal conspiracy, and misappropriation of state property. (2013)[71]
  • State Senator and Democratic Minority Floor Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate Bob Mellow (D) pleaded guilty to using Senate staffers for campaigns. (2012)[72]
  • State Representative and Democratic Minority Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bill DeWeese (D) sentenced to 30 to 60 months in state prison for theft. (2012)
  • State Senator and Republican Majority Whip of the Pennsylvania Senate, Jane Orie (R) was convicted in March 2012, of 14 counts of forgery, conflict of interest and theft of services, which included five felonies. (2012)[73]
  • State Representative John M. Perzel (R), pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including two counts of conflict of interest, two counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy, concerning a scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology from Aristotle, Inc. for the benefit of Republican political campaigns. (2011)[74][75] Perzel’s Chief of Staff Brian Preski (R) was sentenced to 2½ years.[76][77]
  • State Representative Brett Feese (R) sentenced to 4 to 12 years in state prison, an additional 2 years of probation, a $25,000 fine, and $1 million in restitution for his role in the Computergate state government corruption scandal.[78]

Local[edit]

  • Luzerne County Board of Commissioner Greg Skrepenak, (D), was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for corruption. (2010)

South Carolina[edit]

  • House Speaker Robert W. Harrell Jr. (R) of South Carolina pled guilty to illegally using campaign funds for his own use, resigned his elective office and agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors investigation into statehouse corruption. For his help, he was sentenced to only six one-year prison term. (2014)[79]
  • State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel (R) resigned his position following his indictment on a federal drug charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. (2007)[80] He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and three years of probation.[81]
  • Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard (R) resigned his position and pled guilty to 7 counts of mis-use of campaign funds. He was sentenced to five years probation, fined $5,000 and required to work 300 hours of community service. (2011)[82]
  • State Representative Kristopher Crawford (R) was convicted by a jury of four misdemeanor counts of failure to file his taxes. (2012) fined $10,000.[83]

Virginia[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Racine, Wisconsin Mayor Gary Becker (D) was convicted of attempted child seduction, child pornography, and other child sex crimes.[85] (2010)

2000–2009[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman (D) was found guilty of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice on June 29, 2006, and sentenced to 88 months.[86]
  • State Senator Edward McClain (D) was convicted on January 21, 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama[87] on 48 counts of money laundering, mail fraud, bribery and conspiracy.[88] Lost his seat because of the conviction.[89]

Local[edit]

Alaska[edit]

  1. Thomas Anderson (R) State Representative for District 19. Found guilty of seven felony counts of extortion, bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering. Sentenced on October 15, 2007 to a term of 60 months in prison.[95]
  2. Pete Kott (R) State Representative for District 17. Found guilty on three charges of bribery and sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. (2007)[96]
  3. Vic Kohring (R) State Representative convicted on November 1, 2007, of three counts of bribery by the Veco Corporation. In May 2008, he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.[97]
  4. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) State Representative of Juneau was sentenced to five years.
  5. John Cowdery (R) State Senator of O district. Pled guilty to lesser charges on 3/10/09.[98] Sentenced to six months house arrest and a $25,000 fine.
  6. Beverly Masek (R) State Representative of Willow, was sentenced to six months on September 23, 2009. [32]

California[edit]

  • Congressman Randall H. Cunningham (R) pled guilty on November 28, 2005, to multiple charges of tax evasion, conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud in federal court in San Diego. In March 2006 he was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison.(2005)[99]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Inglewood Roosevelt F. Dorn (D) pleaded guilty on January 25, 2010, to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge, He was placed on probation for two years, was fined $2,000 and was barred from ever holding public office again.
  • Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from District 4 Ed Jew (D), was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison for extortion, and a year in county jail for perjury. (2008)

Colorado[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

  • Governor of Connecticut John G. Rowland (R) Rowland resigned from office during a corruption investigation, and later pleaded guilty to one-count of deprevation of honest services. (2004)[100][101] He served ten months in a federal prison followed by four months house arrest, ending in June 2006.[102]
  • State Senator Ernie Newton (D) found guilty of nine felony counts in a public corruption scandal[103] and served four years in a Federal Correctional Facility. Newton accepted a $5,000 bribe, evaded taxes and pilfering campaign contributions to pay for car repairs and personal cellphone calls.[104]

Local[edit]

  • Joseph Ganim, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut (D), was convicted of leveraging his position to receive kickbacks from city contractors for more than $500,000 in cash, meals, clothing, wine and home renovations.[105] (2003)

Florida[edit]

  • State Senator Alberto Gutman (R), was convicted of corruption in a Medicare fraud scheme. Gutman, his wife and 23 others were sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, 3 years probation and fined $50,000. (2000)[106][107]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Orlando Ernest Page (D) In September 2006 he was convicted of bribery and official misconduct during a temporary stint as mayor. He threatened to stop a redevelopment proposal unless the prospective developer gave a piece of the project to a nonprofit group with which Page was affiliated. He was subsequently sentenced to 42 months in prison.[108][109]

Georgia[edit]

  • Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko (R) sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzlement of federal education funds.[110]
  • State Representative Robin Williams (R) was convicted of campaign fraud. (2004)[111]
  • State Senator Charles Walker (D) Convicted in 2005 by a federal court in Augusta on charges including tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy (127 counts, in all),[112] Walker is serving a ten-year sentence at a Federal Correctional Institution in Estill, South Carolina. His projected release date is September 26, 2014.[113]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Representative Galen Fox (R) was convicted of sexual misconduct when he improperly touched a woman flying next to him. (2006)[114]
  • State Representative Nathan Suzuki (D) was found guilty of tax fraud. (2004)[115]

Illinois[edit]

  • Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich (D) was charged with conspiracy to commit mail, wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. He was impeached and removed from office by 59-0 votes of the Illinois Senate.(January 28, 2009)[116] On August 17, 2010, he was convicted on just one of 24 federal charges.[117] In a retrial in 2011, he was found guilty on 17 other counts and sentenced to 14 years in prison.[118][119][120][121]
  • Illinois Governor George H. Ryan (R) illegal sale of government licenses and contracts as Secretary of State and as Governor. He was convicted of 18 counts of corruption and sentenced to 6 years and six months. (2006)

Louisiana[edit]

Local[edit]

Northern Marianas Islands[edit]

  • Northern Marianas Islands Lt. Governor Timothy Villagomez (R) was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for misuse of government funds. (2009)[124]
  • Northern Marianas Islands Commerce Secretary James A. Santos (R) was sentenced to 87 months in prison for misuse of government funds.(2009)[125]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran (D) pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and received 18 months probation.[126] (2004)
  • State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D) was video taped by the FBI stuffing bribe money into her bra. Charged with tax evasion (1997), ethics violations (2001) and perjury (2005). Wilkerson pled guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion.[127]
  • State Senator J. James Marzilli, Jr. (D) On February 22, 2011, Marzilli pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, in Middlesex Superior Court and was sentenced to three months in prison.[128][129] (2008)

Maryland[edit]

  • State Senator Thomas L. Bromwell (D) was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to seven years in prison for racketeering, corruption and fraud to benefit construction company Poole and Kent.[130]
  • State Delegate Robert McKee (R) pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on September 5, 2008, and was sentenced to a 37-month term, which will be followed by lifetime supervised probation. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. also ordered McKee to register as a sex offender.[131][132]

Michigan[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

  • State Representative Mark D. Olson (R) for District 16B was convicted of one of two fifth degree domestic assault charges. (2006)[133]

Missouri[edit]

  • State Senator Jeff Smith (D) Resigned from the Senate effective August 25, 2009 after confessing to two counts of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to one year and a day of prison and was fined $50,000.[134]
  • State Representative Nathan Cooper (R) resigned shortly before he was convicted on two felony counts of immigration fraude in 2007.[135][136]

Nebraska[edit]

  • State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd (R) Pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge of misconduct and resigned in 2003.

Nevada[edit]

  • State Controller Kathy Augustine (R) was impeached and convicted of using state personnel and property for her re-election campaign, but not removed from office. She was fined $15,000. (2004)[137]

Local[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

  • New Jersey Operation Bid Rig: An FBI sting operation indicted 44 New Jersey officials and several Rabbis, mainly for bribery, counterfeiting of intellectual property, money laundering, organ harvesting, and political corruption. Arrested were:
  1. Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt (R) Resigned after indictment for bribery.[140]
  2. State Senator Wayne R. Bryant (D) was covicted of bribery. (2007)[141]
  3. State Senator Joseph Coniglio (D) indicted for abusing state grants, mail fraud and extortion. (2008)[142]
  4. State Senator Sharpe James (D) On April 16, 2008, James was convicted of five counts of fraud by a federal jury. On July 29, 2008, he was sentenced by Judge William J. Martini to 27 months in prison.[143]

Local[edit]

  • James W. Treffinger (R) Chief Executive of Essex County was convicted of corruption and fraud and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution and serve 13 months in jail.[144]
  • David Delle Donna, Mayor of Guttenberg, New Jersey and his wife both received lengthy sentences for corruption.(2007)[145] (2007)

New Mexico[edit]

  • State Senate Leader Manny Aragon (D) was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to defraud 4.4 million from the State of New Mexico. (2009)[146]
  • State Treasurer Robert Virgil (D) was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 37 months in prison and fined $97,000. (2007)[147]
  • State Treasurer Michael Montoya (D) was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $40,000 fine. (2007)[147]

New York[edit]

  • Thomas J. Spargo (R) former Supreme Court Justice. He was indicted on December 10, 2008. On August 27, 2009, he was convicted by a federal jury of attempted extortion and attempted soliciting of a bribe for pressuring a lawyer to give $10,000 to his defense fund.[148][149]
  • State Senator Efrain Gonzalez (D). On May 25, 2010, Gonzalez was sentenced to 84 months (7 years) in prison, followed by two years supervised release, following pleading guilty to two conspiracy counts and two wire fraud counts in May 2009.[150]
  • State Senator and Republican Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R). On January 23, 2009, Bruno was convicted on two counts of wire fraud.[151]
  • State Representative Brian McLaughlin (D) was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering.(2009)
  • State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D), convicted of one count of misdemeanor assault, and acquitted of two counts of felony assault and one other count of misdemeanor assault. (2009)[152][153][154]
  • State Senator Guy Velella (R) was indicted for bribery and conspiracy for accepting at least $137,000 in exchange for steering public-works contracts to the paying parties.[155] He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count and received a year in jail.[156] He served 182 days. (2002) See also List of state and local political sex scandals in the United States

Local[edit]

  • New York City Council member Miguel Martinez (D) pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy two days later. Martinez admitted to stealing $106,000 that was for children's art programs and low-income housing.[157] Martinez was convicted on three felonies, and was sentenced to five years in prison.[158]

North Carolina[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Ohio[edit]

  • Governor of Ohio Bob Taft (R) pleads no contest and is convicted on four misdemeanor ethics violations. He was fined $4000 and ordered to apologize to the people of Ohio. (2005)[164]

Oregon[edit]

  • State Representative Dan Doyle (R) resigned from office and was sentenced to 15 months in jail for finance violations. (2005)[165][166][167][168]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • President Judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Mark Ciavarella (D) sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for his involvement in the Kids for cash scandal. (2009)
  • Senior Judge Michael Conahan (D) sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison for his involvement in the Kids for cash scandal. (2009)
  • Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania Stephen Stetler (D) sentenced to 1.5–5 years in prison, fined $35,000, order to pay $466,621 restitution for multiple corruption convictions. (2009)[169]
  • State Representative & Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Veon, convicted of mis-using state funds and sentenced to 6–14 years in jail. (2007)[170]
  • State Representative and Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bill DeWeese (D) found guilty of five of the six felony counts with which he was charged and sentenced to 30–60 months.[171] (2007)
  • State Senator Vince Fumo (D) was found guilty of 139-counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and filing a false tax return. Two staffers were also arrested and indicted on charges of destroying electronic evidence, including e-mail related to the investigation. (2009)[172]
  • State Representative Frank LaGrotta (D) was convicted and sentenced to six months of house arrest, along with probation and fines for two felonies. (2006)
  • State Representative Thomas W. Druce (R) was convicted in 2000 of a 1999 hit and run that killed a man. He served two years in prison before his release in 2006.[173][174]
  • State Representative Linda Bebko-Jones (D) and her chief-of-staff were charged with forging some of the signatures on their nominating petitions. They were both sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $1,500 with community service. (2007)
  • State Senator Bill Slocum (R) pled guilty to six criminal misdemeanor charges for filing false reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and discharging 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage into Brokenstraw Creek while he was a sewage plant manager in Youngsville, Pennsylvania.[175] (2000)
  • State Representative Frank Gigliotti (D) was convicted and sentenced in 2000 to 46 months incarceration for extortion, mail fraud, and filing a false income tax return.[176]
  • State Senator F. Joseph Loeper (R). In 2000 Loeper pled guilty in federal court of falsifying tax-related documents to conceal more than $330,000 in income he received from a private consulting firm while serving in the Senate.[177][178] He resigned his senate seat on December 31, 2000,[179] and was later released from federal prison at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after serving 6 months.[180]
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was convicted of 21 counts of harassment, solicitation for perjury and intimidation. (2007) .[181][182][183][184]
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was found guilty on December 12, 2005 of conflict of interest.[185][186] he resigned and was sentenced to 6 to 12 months of prison followed by four years of probation.[187]
  • State Representative Frank LaGrotta (D) pled guilty to two counts of corruption for giving away $26,000 of state funds in the 2006 Pennsylvania General Assembly bonus controversy. Sentenced to six months house arrest, probation, and fines. (2007)[188][189][190][191][192]
  • State Rep. R. Tracy Seyfert (R) pled guilty to Theft of Federal Property by acquiring a $160,000 dollar, 10 ton generator for her own use if the power grid had failed on the Millenia. She was sentenced to five years in federal prison and assessed a $5,000 fine. (2001)[193]

Puerto Rico[edit]

  • Speaker of the House Edison Misla Aldarondo (R) was convicted of extortion, money laundering and witness tampering and sentenced to 71 months in prison. See sex scandals. (2007)[194]

Rhode Island[edit]

  • State Representative and House Majority Leader Gerard M. Martineau (D) was given 37 months in prison for influence peddling. (2008)
  • State Senator John Celona (D) was given four years in prison for influence peddling. (2007)
  • Mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci (R). His first administration ended in 1984 when he pled guilty to assault. His second stint as mayor ended when he was forced to resign following his conviction for racketeering conspiracy named Operation Plunder Dome served four years in federal prison.[195]

South Carolina[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

  • Operation Tennessee Waltz: an FBI sting operation between 2003 and 2007 in which a number of state and local representatives were arrested including;[197]
  1. State Senator John Ford (D) Sentenced to 66 months for bribery.
  2. State Senator Kathryn Bowers (D) Pled guilty to one count of bribery.
  3. State Senator Ward Crutchfield (D) Pled guilty to one count of bribery.[198]
  4. Chris Newton State Representative (R) Sentenced to one year for bribery.

Texas[edit]

Virginia[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • Wisconsin State Senator Brian Burke (D) was sentenced to six months in jail for using state employees for campaign work.
  • Wisconsin State Representative Jeff Wood, Independent (formerly R), has pleaded no contest to fifth-offense OWI charge which is a felony. He has been sentenced to spend nine months in jail, with three years probation.[201] He has stated he will not run for reelection.[202][203]
  • State SenatorCharles Chvala (D) sentenced to serve 9 months in prison for campaign violations including coordination violations. [33]

Local[edit]

  • Wisconsin appointee Kevin Kavanaugh (R) was arrested for embezzling $42,000 from a veterans benefit organization called Operation Freedom. Kavanaugh had been appointed to run the organization by Republican Scott Walker (R) who was Milwaukee County Executive at the time. Four others were arrested and sentenced as well.[204][205]
  • Tim Russell, appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) as Deputy Chief of Staff and Housing Director pled guilty during Operation Freedom to diverting more than $21,000 to his personal bank account.[206]
  • Kelly Rindfleisch, appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) pled guilty to felony Misconduct in Public Office and was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to campaigning for Republicans while working in Walker's Milwaukee County office.[206]
  • Darlene Wink appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) as Coordinator of Constituent Services, pled guilty to fundraising for Walker’s gubernatorial campaign while working in a County building.[207]

1990–1999[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

  1. California Senator Alan Robbins (D) resigned on November 21, 1991, in advance of pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with insurance-industry bribes.
  2. California Senator Joseph B. Montoya (D) was convicted in April 1990 of rackeetering, extortion and money laundering and was sentenced to 612 years in prison.
  3. California Senator Frank Hill (R) and his aid were found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 46 months in prison. (1994)
  4. California Board of Equalization member Paul B. Carpenter (D) was found guilty of 11 counts of obstruction of justice and money laundering. (1993)
  5. California State Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R) served 29 months for bribery in the FBI's BRISPEC sting operation.[212]

Guam[edit]

  • Governor of Guam Ricardo Bordallo (D) was convicted on ten counts of corruption and was sentenced to nine years in prison and fined more than $100,000, but committed suicide the day before he was scheduled to begin serving his prison sentence (1990)[213]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Treasurer Jerome Cosentino (D) was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to nine months home confinement. (1991)[214]
  • State Representative James DeLeo (D) caught in the "Operation Greylord" investigation of corruption in Cook County. He was indicted by a federal grand jury for taking bribes and negotiated guilty plea on a misdemeanor tax offense, and was placed on probation (1992)[215]
  • State Representative Joe Kotlarz (D) convicted and sentenced to jail for theft and conspiracy for pocketing in about $200,000 for a sale of state land to a company he once served as legal counsel (1997)[216]
  • State Senator Bruce A. Farley (D) sentenced to 18 months in prison for mail fraud (1999)[217]
  • State Senator John A. D’Arco Jr. (D) served about three years in prison for bribery and extortion (1995)[218]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Senator Milton Holt was sentenced to one year for one count of mail fraud. (1999)[219]

Kentucky[edit]

  • FBI Operation Boptrot was an investigation into bribery and the horse racing industry. Legislators convicted as a result of Operation Boptrot included:
  • House Speaker Don Blandford (D) pleaded guilty after 1992 indictment on charges of extortion, racketeering and lying. He was sentenced to 64 months in prison and was fined $10,000.
  • Rep. Jerry Bronger (D) was indicted in 1992 and later pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted $2,000 in exchange for blocking legislation that would hurt harness race tracks. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
  • Rep. Clay Crupper (D) pleaded guilty after 1992 indictment and was fined $10,000 on charges of interstate travel in aide of racketeering.
  • Sen. Helen Garrett (D) was charged in 1992 with taking a $2,000 bribe from a track in exchange for helping pass legislation. She pleaded guilty and received four years probation.
  • Sen. John Hall (D) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges stemming from 1992 indictment in Operation BopTrot.
  • Rep. Ronny Layman (R) was indicted in 1992 on charges of conspiracy to commit extortion and making false statements to the FBI. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months of home detention and community service.
  • Sen. David LeMaster (D) was indicted in 1993, and acquitted of extortion and racketeering, but convicted of lying. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $30,000, but served just one day after resigning from the legislature.
  • Rep. Bill McBee (D) was sentenced to a 15-month prison term for his role in Operation BopTrot.
  • Sen. Virgil Pearman (D) pleaded guilty after 1993 indictment charging that he took an illegal $3,000 campaign contribution. He was sentenced to three months in a halfway house, probation and was fined $5,000.
  • Sen. John Rogers (R), then the Minority Leader in the Kentucky Senate, was sentenced in 1994 to 42 months in prison after conviction on charges of extortion, conspiracy, attempted extortion, mail fraud and lying to the FBI.
  • Sen. Art Schmidt (R) pleaded guilty to a 1993 indictment for withholding the fact that he took a $20 cash payment from another senator tied to Operation BopTrot. He was sentenced to probation and fined $2,500.
  • Sen. Landon Sexton (R) pleaded guilty after 1994 indictment charging that he took an illegal $5,000 cash campaign contribution. He was sentenced to 15 consecutive weekends in jail, home detention for two months and probation for two years. In addition he was fined $5,000.
  • Rep. Bill Strong (D) pleaded guilty after 1993 indictment charges that he took an illegal $3,000 campaign contribution and did not deposit the money into his campaign fund. He was sentenced to three months in a halfway house, probation and was fined $3,000.
  • Rep. Richard Turner (R) plead guilty to a 1993 charge that he filed a false campaign finance report. Charges that he took an illegal $3,000 cash campaign contribution were dropped.
  • Sen. Patti Weaver (D) pleaded guilty after 1993 indictment charging that she was promised help finding a job in exchange for support of legislation. She was sentenced to weekend incarceration, probation and community service and was fined $10,000.

Approximately 10% of Kentucky's legislature, both the house and senate, was implicated in this scandal, some taking bribes for as little as $100. (1992)[220][221]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • Essex County Sheriff Charles Reardon (D) pled guilty to taking kickbacks from process servers.[222]
  • Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty (D) pled guilty to felony tax evasion for submitting false receipts regarding his business expenses and to violations of the state conflict of interests law.[223] (1996)
  • State Representative Nicholas Mavroules (D) pleaded guilty to bribery charges.[224]
  • Miiddlesex County Sheriff John P. McGonigle (D) Convicted of six counts of Tax Evasion.[225] (1994)

Minnesota[edit]

  • State Senator Sam Solon (D) Pleaded guilty in 1995 to telecommunications fraud for letting his ex-wife make $2,430 in calls on his State Senate telephone line.[226]

Missouri[edit]

  • Secretary of State Judith Moriarty (D) was impeached for misconduct involving back-dating of her son's election paperwork to hide a missed filing deadline, and convicted by the state supreme court.[227]
  • Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Bob F. Griffin (D), Griffin pled guilty on the second day of the second trial, to two counts of bribery and mail fraud in conjunction with the original highway scheme. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison, a $7,500 fine, and a $100 special penalty assessment.[228] (1995)
  • Attorney General William L. Webster (R) sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy in a scheme that rewarded lawyers who donated to his campaign with bigger settlements. (1993)[229]
  • Missouri Attorney General William L. Webster (R), pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges and was sentenced to two years in prison. Webster's re-election campaign had received unusually large contributions from firms making claims against a little-known $30 million workers' compensation fund, which Webster had defended by appointing private lawyers as special assistant state attorneys general. Lawyers who contributed to Webster obtained substantially larger settlements for their clients than those lawyers who did not contribute.[230] (1993)

Nebraska[edit]

  • State Treasurer Frank Marsh (R) convicted of misdemeanor charges for making personal, long-distance telephone calls. (1991)

New York[edit]

  • State Senator Randy Kuhl, Jr. (R) of the 29th District was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in 1997. His driver's license was revoked for six months.[231]
  • Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Sol Wachtler (R), was investigated for extortion and harassment. He pled guilty to one charge of threatening to kidnap a teenage girl and served 15 months. (1993)[232][233][234]

North Carolina[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

South Dakota[edit]

  • Governor of South Dakota Bill Janklow (R) In 2003 while elected to the US Congress, he ran a stop sign and killed a motorcyclist. He resigned from the House, was convicted of second degree manslaugher and given 100 days in the county jail and three years probation. (2003)[241]

Vermont[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

1980–1989[edit]

Illinois[edit]

  • Illinois Governor Dan Walker (D) was convicted of improprieties stemming from loans from a Savings and Loan. He served 18 months in prison. (1987)[246][246] The First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook was declared insolvent with a deficit of $23 million[247]
  • Illinois Attorney General William J. Scott (R) served from 1968 until 1982 when he was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to a year in prison.[248]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Local[edit]

Michigan[edit]

  • State Senator Jerry C. Diggs (D) accepting bribes to kill taxes on race track revenue; He was tried, convicted, and sentenced [254]

New Jersey[edit]

Local[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

1970–1979[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

  • State Senator Guy H. Jones (D) convicted of tax evasion in 1973, he was expelled from the senate in 1974.[257]

California[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Orange County County Assessor Andrew J. Hinshaw (R) was convicted of accepting bribes while Assessor of Orange County. he was serving in the US Congress at the time of his conviction. He served one year in prison. (1977)[258]

Illinois[edit]

  • Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. (D) After serving two terms, Kerner was appointed to the Seventh District Court when he was convicted on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury and related charges. (1973)[259] He was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Faced with impeachment, he resigned his position on the federal bench on July 22, 1974.[259]

Louisiana[edit]

  • Attorney General Jack P. F. Gremillion (D) was sentenced to three years in prison for perjury for covering up his dealings with a failed savings and loan. (1972)[260][261]

Maryland[edit]

  • Governor Marvin Mandel (D) was convicted of mail fraud and racketeering.(1977) He served nineteen months of his sentence in a federal prison before being pardoned by President Ronald Reagan. On November 12, 1987, Judge Frederic N. Smalkin overturned Mandel’s conviction.[262]
  • State Senator and Anne Arundel County Executive Joseph Alton (R) (1974) Mr. Alton pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit extortion. He served seven months of an eighteen-month sentence in Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex.[263]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • State Representative David J. O'Connor (D) was convicted of willful failure to file Federal income tax returns. He was sentenced five months in jail and fined $10,000. (1970)[264][265][266]
  • State Senator George Rogers was convicted of conspiracy to steal and bribe. He was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $5,000. (1978)[267]

New Jersey[edit]

  • Secretary of State Robert J. Burkhardt (D) pleaded guilty in 1972 Federal Court to accepting $30,000 in bribes to 'fix' a bridge construction contract in 1964, when he was serving as Secretary of State to Governor Hughes. He was given a suspended sentence and three years' probation.[268]
  • State Senator James Turner(R) was convicted on charges of planting drugs in the home of his Democratic opponent, Assemblyman Kenneth Gewertz in an attempt to frame and ruin him. Senator Turner got five years in prison. (1974)[269][270][271]

Local[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • State Senator William E. Duffield (D) was sentenced to 6 months in prison for 11 counts of mail fraud. (1975)[273]
  • State Senator Henry Cianfrani (D) convicted on federal charges of racketeering and mail fraud, Cianfrani was sentenced to five years in federal prison. After serving for twenty-seven months, he was released in 1980.[274]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

  • State Representative John Dowdy (D) was convicted on eight counts for accepting a $25,000 bribe.(1972)[275]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Representative James R. Lewis (legislator) (R) attempted to persuade scientist Myron Muckerheide to create a laser gun "designed to blind people", and to sell it to Guatemalan Colonel Federico Fuentes. Lewis pled guilty to perjury for lying to a federal grand jury investigating the scheme and was removed from office. (1979)[276]

1960–1969[edit]

1950–1959[edit]

  • Illinois State Auditor (comptroller) Orville Hodge (R) embezzled more than $6 million and was indicted for on 54 counts including conspiracy, forgery and embezzling. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.[278][279]
  • Texas Bascom Giles (D) was reelected as Texas Land Commissioner in 1954, but facing criminal investigation concerning the Veterans' Land Board scandal [280] he failed to appear to take the oath of office in January, 1955. Giles was eventually convicted of fraud and bribery and served three years of a six year prison term.[281]

1940–1949[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Local[edit]

Lowell, Massachusetts Mayor George T. Ashe (D) was convicted by a jury on charges of conspiracy involving city purchases.[282] He was sentenced to a year in prison.[283]

Michigan[edit]

State Senator William C. Birk a Republican from the 32nd District. In 1945 he was convicted of accepting a bribe and sentenced to four years in prison.[284]

New York[edit]

Local[edit]

Assemblyman Lawrence J. Murray, Jr. was charged with embezzling over some time a total amount of $49,102 from the accounts of a mentally incompetent client which he subsequently lost betting on horses. On April 4, 1940, he was convicted of theft,[285] and the next day sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.[286]

1930–1939[edit]

  • Louisiana Governor Richard W. Leche (D)sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud. (1939)
  • Michigan State Representative Miles M. Callaghan (R) resigned his seat after pleading guilty to charges of legislative graft and conspiracy. (1939)[287]
  • Michigan State Senator Jerry T. Logie (R) charged on January 22, 1944 with accepting bribes to kill taxes on race track revenue. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3–5 years in prison [254]
  • New Jersey State Senator Ralph W. Chandless — Expelled from the State Senate, December 5, 1930 for discrediting the Senate in regards to a sewer scandal.[288]

1920–1929[edit]

1910–1919[edit]

  • Arkansas State Senator Samuel C. Sims (D) was paid a bribe of $900 about legislation to regulate trading stamps and coupons. He was arrested, charged with bribery and convicted, and then expelled from the Senate.(1917)[291]
  • Massachusetts: Everett Alderman Fred C. Hansen was convicted of assault after a physical altercation with fellow Alderman John J. Mullen while the Board of Aldermen and the Common Council were in a joint executive session.[292][293]

See also[edit]

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