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

2010–2015[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • State Representative Greg Wren (R) pled guilty to an ethics violation. He resigned from the Alabama Legislature as a condition of his plea deal and was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $24,000. (2014) [1]
  • State Representative Terry Spicer (D) pleaded guilty to accepting more than $3000 per month in bribes. (2011)[2]

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.[3] (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.[4][5]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

  • State Senator Leland Yee (D) charged with bribery, public corruption and gun trafficking.(2014)[6][7]
  • State Senator Roderick Wright (D) was convicted of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud. He was sentenced to 90 days and barred him from ever holding public office again and will be required to perform 1,500 hours of community service and three years’ probation under the terms of his conviction. (2014)[8]
  • 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.[9][10] 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)[12][13]

Connecticut[edit]

  • State Senator Ernie Newton (D) was sentenced to six months in prison Friday for three counts of illegal practices in campaign financing.[14] Newton had also been sentenced to four years for federal charges of accepting a $5,000 bribe, evading taxes and pilfering campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses.(2015)[15]
  • State Senator Thomas Gaffey (D), arrested for larceny.[16] 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)[17]

Florida[edit]

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)[18]
  • North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau (D) was convicted in December, 2014 on felony charges of participating in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme. She faces up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy and wire fraud convictions. Her sentencing is schedulred for March 20, 2015.[19]

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)[20]

Local[edit]

  • Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter (R) resigned and pled guilty to bribery. (2012)[21]

Idaho[edit]

  • State Senator John McGee (R) convicted of sexual harassment. (2012)[22]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Representative Keith Farnham (D) convicted of distributing child pornography. (2014)[23]
  • State Representative Derrick Smith (D) was arrested and convicted of accepting a $7000 bribe. (2014)[24]

Local[edit]

  • Alderman of Chicago, Sandi Jackson (D) pled guilty to one count of filing false tax returns. (2013)[25]
  • Comptroller and Treasurer of Dixon, Rita Crundwell was arrested for fraud after allegedly embezzling as much as $30 million over many years. [26] On February 14, 2013, Crundwell was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in prison, just under the maximum 20-year sentence. (2013)[27]

Indiana[edit]

Local[edit]

Iowa[edit]

  • State Senator Kent Sorenson (R) pled guilty to one count of falsely reporting expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice. (2013)[30]

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)[31]

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)[32][33]
  • State Representative Frederick Wintle (R), pled guilty to a concealed weapons charge and resigned his position (2011).[34][35][36][37]

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.[41] (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.[42] (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.[43] (2011)
  • State Senator Anthony Gallucio (D) was given one year in prison after failing a sobriety test and violating his probation from a previous hit and run accident. (2010)[44]

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.[45]

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]

New Hampshire[edit]

  • State Representative Albert 'Max' Abramson (R) was found guilty in 2012 of one felony count of reckless conduct for shooting a firearm during a party at his home in 2010 and was removed from the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee by NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R). He received a suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay a fine and complete community service. (2012)[58][59]

New York[edit]

  • Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Malcolm Smith (D) was found guilty in federal court of conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery and extortion for trying to bribe a Republican Party official to let him onto the Republican ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. (2014) [60]
  • 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)[61]
  • State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. (D) convicted of bribery (2014)[62]
  • State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) found guilty of bribery, conspiracy and other related charges. (2014)[63]
  • State Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D) convicted of perjury (2013)[64]
  • State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R) pleaded guilty to a felony charge of online enticement of minors for trying to have sex with a child after leaving his seat to become a member of the NYS Parole Board. He was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison (2010) [65]
  • State Senator Shirley Huntley (D) convicted of mail fraud.[66] She was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. (2013)[67][68]
  • 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. (2012)[69]
  • State Senator Vincent Leibell (R) found guilty of felony bribery, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice charges related to $43,000 in cash kickbacks he took from 2003 to 2006. (2012)[70][71]
  • State Senator Nicholas Spano (R), convicted of federal income tax evasion. Spano pleaded guilty to the single felony. He was sentenced to 12 to 18 months in federal prison. (2012)[72]
  • 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) [73]
  • State Senator Carl Kruger (D) resigned his seat and pled guilty to charges of corruption and bribery. (2011)[74]
  • State Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. (D) was convicted of fraud and embezzling $400,000 from the West Bronx Neighborhood Association Inc. and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison (2010) [75]
  • State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello (R) pled guilty to costing the taxpayers $48,000 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. (2009)[76][77]

Local[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

  • 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)[82][83]
  • Governor of North Carolina Mike Easley (D) was convicted of a federal campaign law felony (2010).[84]

Local[edit]

Ohio[edit]

  • State Representative Dale Mallory (D) found guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of filing a false disclosure form and a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of improper gratuities and was sentenced to a total of $600 in fines and 1 year of probation. (2014) [85]
  • State Representative W. Carlton Weddington (D) was convicted on bribery charges and sentenced to three years in prison. (2012)[86]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • Treasurer of Pennsylvania Rob McCord (D) charged with two counts of extortion. (2015)[89][90]
  • 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)[91]
  • State Senator and Democratic Minority Floor Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate Bob Mellow (D) pleaded guilty to using Senate staffers for campaigns. (2012)[92]
  • 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)[93]
  • 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)[94][95]
  • 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. (2011)[96]

Rhode Island[edit]

  • Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Gordon Fox (D) plead guilty to wire fraud, bribery and filing a false tax return. Fox used $108,000 from his campaign account for personal expenses, accepted a $52,000 bribe to push for the issuance of a liquor license for a Providence restaurant in his role as a member of the Board of Licenses, and failed to declare these illegal sources income on his tax returns. (2015)[97]

South Carolina[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

  • State Senator Jim Summerville (R) was arrested for stalking and assault. He had already been charged with public intoxication. (2014)[101]

Texas[edit]

  • State Representative Naomi Gonzalez (D) convicted of drunken driving, sentenced to 15 days in jail. (2014)[102]

Virginia[edit]

  • Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell (R) On January 21, 2014, McDonnell and his wife, Maureen were indicted on federal corruption charges. They were convicted of 11 counts of corruption for accepting $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for official government favors. McDonnell is the first Virginia governor to be indicted – and the first Virginia governor to be convicted of a felony and was sentenced to two years in prison, two years of supervision and 6000 hours of community service.(2015) [103][104]

West Virginia[edit]

Washington, D.C.[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Representative Jeff Wood, (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. (2011)[105]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Racine Gary Becker (D) was convicted of attempted child seduction, child pornography, and other child sex crimes.[106] (2010)

2000–2009[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Local[edit]

Alaska[edit]

  1. State Representative Thomas Anderson (R), 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.[115]
  2. State Representative Pete Kott (R),. Found guilty on three charges of bribery and sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. (2007)[116]
  3. State Representative Vic Kohring (R), 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.[117]
  4. State Representative Bruce Weyhrauch (R), was sentenced to five years.
  5. State Senator John Cowdery (R), Pled guilty to lesser charges on 3/10/09.[118] Sentenced to six months house arrest and a $25,000 fine.
  6. State Representative Beverly Masek (R), was sentenced to six months on September 23, 2009. [52]

California[edit]

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. (2010)
  • Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Ed Jew (D), was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison for extortion, and a year in county jail for perjury. (2008)

Connecticut[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Bridgeport Joseph Ganim (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.[122] (2003)

Florida[edit]

  • State Representative Bob Allen (R) was convicted for trying to perform fellatio on an undercover male police officer.[123][124][125][126] Allen was convicted on November 9, 2007, and sentenced to six months' probation, and was fined $250. (2007)[127]
  • 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)[128][129]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Orlando Ernest Page (D) was convicted of bribery and official misconduct during a temporary stint as mayor. He was subsequently sentenced to 42 months in prison. (2006)[130][131]

Georgia[edit]

  • State Senator Charles Walker (D) convicted of charges including tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy (127 counts, in all),[132] He was sentenced to 10 years. (2005)[133]
  • Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko (R) sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzlement of federal education funds. (2004)[134]
  • State Representative Robin Williams (R) was convicted of campaign fraud. (2004)[135]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Representative Galen Fox (R) was convicted of sexual misconduct when he improperly touched a woman flying next to him. (2006)[136]
  • State Representative Nathan Suzuki (D) was found guilty of tax fraud. (2004)[137]

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.[138] On August 17, 2010, he was convicted on just one of 24 federal charges.[139] In a retrial in 2011, he was found guilty on 17 other counts and sentenced to 14 years in prison.[140][141][142][143] (2011)
  • Governor of Illinois George H. Ryan (R) was convicted of 18 counts of corruption and sentenced to 6 years and six months. (2006)[144]

Louisiana[edit]

Local[edit]

Northern Marianas Islands[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • State Senator J. James Marzilli, Jr. (D) pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three months in prison.[149][150] (2008)
  • State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D) was video taped by the FBI stuffing bribe money into her bra. Wilkerson pled guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion. (2008)[151]
  • Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran (D) pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and received 18 months probation.[152](2004)
  • Massachusetts Republican Party vice-chairman Lawrence Novak, of Brockton, Massachusetts was sentenced to 87 months in prison having pled guilty on February 9, 2009, to charges of Endeavoring to Obstruct Justice and Money Laundering.[153][154]

Maryland[edit]

  • State Senator Thomas L. Bromwell (D) was sentenced to seven years in prison for racketeering, corruption and fraud to benefit construction company Poole and Kent.[155] (2007)
  • State Delegate Robert McKee (R) pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to a 37-month term.[156][157] (2006)

Minnesota[edit]

  • State Representative Mark D. Olson (R) was convicted of one of two fifth degree domestic assault charges. (2006)[158]

Missouri[edit]

  • State Senator Jeff Smith (D) convicted of two counts of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to one year and a day of prison and was fined $50,000. (2009)[159]
  • State Representative Nathan Cooper (R) convicted on two felony counts of immigration fraud. (2007)[160][161]

Nebraska[edit]

  • State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd (R) Pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge of misconduct. (2003) [162]

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)[163]

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.[165]
  2. State Senator Wayne R. Bryant (D) was covicted of bribery. (2007)[166]
  3. State Senator Joseph Coniglio (D) indicted for abusing state grants, mail fraud and extortion. (2008)[167]
  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.[168]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Guttenberg David Delle Donna (D) and his wife both received lengthy sentences for corruption.[169] (2007)
  • Chief Executive of Essex County James W. Treffinger (R) was convicted of corruption and fraud and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution and serve 13 months in jail. (2003)[170]

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)[171]
  • State Treasurer Robert Virgil (D) was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 37 months in prison and fined $97,000. (2007)[172]
  • State Treasurer Michael Montoya (D) was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $40,000 fine. (2007)[172]

New York[edit]

  • State Representative Anthony Seminerio (D) pled guilty to taking large sums of money from hospitals through a consulting firm while still a member of the New York State Assembly. His appeal was never heard but his conviction was abated due to death. (2009)[173][174]
  • Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Spargo (R), 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. (2009)[175][176]
  • State Senator Efrain Gonzalez (D) 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. (2009)[177]
  • Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Joseph Bruno (R) was convicted on two counts of wire fraud. (2009)[178]
  • State Representative Brian McLaughlin (D) was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering.(2009)[179]
  • 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)[180][181][182]
  • State Representative Gloria Davis (D) was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation for bribery. (2003)[183]
  • 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.[184] He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count and received a year in jail.[185] He served 182 days. (2002)

Local[edit]

  • New York City Councillor 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.[186] Martinez was convicted on three felonies, and was sentenced to five years in prison. (2009)[187]

North Carolina[edit]

  • State Representative James B. Black (D) pleaded guilty to a federal charge of public corruption on February 15, 2007, and sentenced to five years in prison. (2007)[188]
  • State Representative Michael Decker (D) was bribed by James Black (D) to switch parties and vote for Black. He pled guilty to conspiracy and was sentenced to four years in prison. (2007)
  • State Representative Paul Miller (D), was sentenced to a year's probation and fined $1,000 for fraud. (2006)
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Meg Scott Phipps (D) pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges and served three years in prison. (2003)[189]

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)[192]

Oregon[edit]

  • State Representative Dan Doyle (R) resigned from office and was sentenced to 15 months in jail for finance violations. (2005)[193][194][195][196]

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)[197]
  • 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)[198]
  • 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.[199] (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)[200]
  • 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. (2000)[201][202]
  • 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.[203] (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.[204] (2000)
  • 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.[205][206] He resigned his senate seat on December 31, 2000,[207] and was later released from federal prison at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after serving 6 months.[208](2000)
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was convicted of 21 counts of harassment, solicitation for perjury and intimidation. (2007) .[209][210][211][212]
  • 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)[213][214][215][216][217]
  • State Representative 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)[218]

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)[219]
  1. Victor Fajardo, Education Secretary under former Progressive Party Gov. Pedro Rosselló, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal charges of shaking down Education Department contractors in a $4.3 million kick-back scheme. Prosecutors said that $1 million of the $4.3 million went to Progressive Party campaign coffers.(2003)
  2. Jose Omar Cruz-Mercado was the Associate Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) when he aided an extortion and kickback scheme that involved fraudulent payments of more than $4.3 million in cash and property from PRDE contractors.[220]
  3. María de los Angeles Angie Rivera Rangel, an aide to Rosselló, for receiving $125,000 from contractors for setting up meetings with government Cabinet members.
  4. Deputy Secretary of State Angel Ocasio Ramos received 18 months in prison for making illegal payments to Rangel in exchange for government contracts.[221]
  • Puerto Rico Senator Freddy Valentin, Puerto Rican was sentenced to 33 months in prison for money laundering and extortion in a corruption case involving public-housing contracts in the U.S. territory. , a former pro-statehood senator, pleaded guilty in March to the two charges.(2002)[222]

Rhode Island[edit]

  • State Representative and House Majority Leader Gerard M. Martineau (D) was given 37 months in prison for influence peddling in Operation Dollar Bill. (2008)[223]
  • State Senator John A. Celona (D) was found guilty of accepting $320,000 in bribes from the Roger Williams Medical Center and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison. (2007) [224]

Local[edit]

  • 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.[225]

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;[227]
  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.[228]
  4. State Representative Chris Newton (R) Sentenced to one year for bribery.

Virginia[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

  • State Representative Lisa D. Smith (R) pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of mail fraud. She was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of probation and fined $1,000,000.[230]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Senator Brian Burke (D) was sentenced to six months in county jail for misconduct in office and obstructing an officer for using state workers for his campaign.[231] (2003)
  • State Senator Charles Chvala (D) sentenced to serve 9 months in prison for campaign violations including coordination violations. [53] (2002)

1990–1999[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

  1. State 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. State Senator Joseph Montoya (D) was convicted in April 1990 of rackeetering, extortion and money laundering and was sentenced to 612 years in prison.
  3. State 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. State Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R) served 29 months for bribery in the FBI's BRISPEC sting operation.[236]

Local[edit]

  • Walter R. Tucker III (D) was convicted of charges of extortion and income tax fraud while he was Mayor of Compton, California. Sentenced to 27 months in prison.(1996)[237]

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)[238]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Treasurer Jerome Cosentino (D) was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to nine months home confinement. (1991)[239]
  • 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)[240]
  • 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)[241]
  • State Senator Bruce A. Farley (D) sentenced to 18 months in prison for mail fraud (1999)[242]
  • State Senator John A. D'Arco, Jr. (D) served about three years in prison for bribery and extortion (1995)[243]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Senator Milton Holt was sentenced to one year for one count of mail fraud. (1999)[244]

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)[245][246]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • Essex County Sheriff Charles Reardon (D) pled guilty to taking kickbacks from process servers.[247]
  • 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.[248] (1996)
  • State Representative Nicholas Mavroules (D) pleaded guilty to bribery charges.[249]
  • Miiddlesex County Sheriff John P. McGonigle (D) Convicted of six counts of Tax Evasion.[250] (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.[251]
  • Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jon Grunseth (R-MN) dropped out of the race two weeks before the election when he admitted to a skinny dipping party with his 13 year old daughter and three of her friends. (1989) [252]

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.[253]
  • 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.[254] (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)[255]
  • 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.[256] (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.[257]
  • 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)[258][259][260]

North Carolina[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

Texas[edit]

  • Attorney General Dan Morales (D) pled guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in relation to a $17 million tobacco industry settlement with the State of Texas in 1998. He was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for mail fraud and tax evasion in a case involving Texas' $17 billion settlement with the tobacco industry in 1998. He was released in 2007.[267][268]

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)[273][273] The First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook was declared insolvent with a deficit of $23 million[274]
  • 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.[275]

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 [281]

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.[284]

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)[285]

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)[286] He was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Faced with impeachment, he resigned his position on the federal bench on July 22, 1974.[286]

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)[287][288]

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.[289]
  • 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.[290]

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)[291][292][293]
  • State Senator George Rogers (D) was convicted of conspiracy to steal and bribe. He was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $5,000. (1978)[294]

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.[295]
  • 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)[296][297][298]
  • US Senatorial candidate Nelson G. Gross (R) was indicted in May 1973 on five counts of tax fraud and perjury. He was convicted on all five counts in March 1974.[299][299][300]

Local[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • State Senator William E. Duffield (D) was sentenced to 6 months in prison for 11 counts of mail fraud. (1975)[302]
  • 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.[303]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

  • State Representative John Dowdy (D) was convicted on eight counts for accepting a $25,000 bribe.(1972)[304]

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)[305]

1960–1969[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • Attorney General Richmond Flowers, Sr.|Richmond Flowers (D-AL) In 1969, Flowers was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiring to extort payments from companies. [306][307]

California[edit]

  • Superior Court Judge Lloyd Davis (R). On October 26, 1969, stabbed his wife with a 9-inch butcher knife. He was charged with felony assault to commit murder, tried in 1970 and found not guilty by reason of insanity. [308]

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.[309][310]
  • Texas Bascom Giles (D) was reelected as Texas Land Commissioner in 1954, but facing criminal investigation concerning the Veterans' Land Board scandal [311] 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.[312]

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.[313] He was sentenced to a year in prison.[314]

Michigan[edit]

State Senator William C. Birk (R) from the 32nd District. In 1945 he was convicted of accepting a bribe and sentenced to four years in prison.[315]

State Senator Jerry T. Logie (R) 24th District, 1939-44; 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 [316]

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,[317] and the next day sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.[318]

1930–1939[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Governor Richard W. Leche (D) sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud.(1939)

Michigan[edit]

State Representative Miles M. Callaghan (R) resigned his seat after pleading guilty to charges of legislative graft and conspiracy. (1939)[319] 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 [281]

New Jersey[edit]

State Senator Ralph W. Chandless — Expelled from the State Senate, December 5, 1930 for discrediting the Senate in regards to a sewer scandal.[320]

1920–1929[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

State Representative C. F. Nelson Pratt (R) was found guilty of simple assault after being charged with attempted felonious assault. He was fined $100. (1928)[321][322]

1910–1919[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

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)[323]

Pennsylvania[edit]

State Representative Henry B. Cassel (R) was convicted of fraud related to the construction of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.(1909) [324][325]

Massachusetts[edit]

Local[edit]

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.[326][327]

See also[edit]

Federal politicians:

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