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 felony or misdemeanor crimes committed while in office.

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–present[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • State Rrepresentative Micky Hammon (R) was convicted of fraud (2017).[1]
  • State Representative Oliver Robinson (D) was convicted of bribery. (2017)[2]
  • Governor of Alabama Robert J. Bentley (R) resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges: failing to file a major contribution report, in violation of Code of Alabama § 17-5-8.1(c); and knowingly converting campaign contributions to personal use, in violation of Code of Alabama § 36-25-6." (2017)[3]
  • Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) was convicted on 12 of 23 felony charges. (2016)[4]
  • State Representative Greg Wren (R) pleaded 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)[5]
  • State Representative Terry Spicer (D) pleaded guilty to accepting more than $3,000 per month in bribes. (2011)[6]

Arizona[edit]

  • State Senator Frank Antenori (R) convicted of trespassing. (2016)[7]
  • State Representative Ceci Velasquez (D) was convicted of theft. (2016)[8]
  • State Representative Richard Miranda (D) pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion.[9] (2012)
  • State Representative Ben Arredondo (D) was charged with bribery, fraud and extortion. He was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest. (2012)[10][11]
  • State Senator Scott Bundgaard (R) agreed to participate in domestic violence classes for six months after assaulting his girlfriend. (2011)[12]

Local[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

  • State Senator Ron Calderon (D) brother of Tom was convicted of money laundering. (2016)[21]
  • State Assemblyman Tom Calderon (D) brother of Ron was convicted of money laundering. (2016)[22]
  • State Senator Leland Yee (D) charged with bribery, public corruption and gun trafficking. (2014)[23][24]
  • 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)[25]
  • State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D) 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.[26][27] 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 Timothy J. Leonard (R) was found guilty of Contempt of Court and sentenced to 14 days in jail. (2016)[29][30]
  • State Senator Steve King (R) pleaded guilty to embezzlement of public property and misdemeanor first-degree official misconduct. Sentenced to serve two years' probation and complete 80 hours of useful public service. (2015)[31][32][33]
  • 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)[34][35]
  • Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) was found guilty of violating Colorado's ethics laws by using state money to attend a Republican event in Florida (2012)[36]

Connecticut[edit]

  • State Representative Victor Cuevas (D) convicted of bank fraud. (2016)[37]
  • State Senator Ernie Newton (D) was sentenced to six months in prison for three counts of illegal practices in campaign financing.[38] 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)[39]
  • State Representative Christina Ayala (D) convicted of election fraud. (2014)[40]
  • State Senator Thomas Gaffey (D) convicted of larceny. (2011)[41]

Local[edit]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Senator Rod Tam (D) convicted of theft. (2011)[48]

Idaho[edit]

  • State Senator John McGee (R) pleaded guilty to probation violation and a disturbing the peace charge related to sexual harassment that had occurred at the Idaho State Capital Building and was jailed for 44 days. (2012) He had previously been arrested for grand theft auto and driving under the influence.[49] McGee pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to 180 days, serving 5 in jail, plus community service, 175 days' probation, plus fines and restitution. (2011)[50]

Illinois[edit]

Local[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Local[edit]

Iowa[edit]

  • State Senator Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to one count of falsely reporting expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice. (2013)[64]

Kansas[edit]

  • State Representative Trent K. LeDoux (R) pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. He was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding Farmers and Merchants Bank of Colby, Kan., of more than $460,000. (2014)[65]

Local[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

  • State Representative Keith Hall (D) was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 7 years in prison. (2016)[66]
  • State Representative Ben Waide (R) convicted of campaign violations. (2016)[67]
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer (R) was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 27 months in prison. (2014)[68]

Louisiana[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin (D) was found guilty on 20 counts of bribery and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. (2014)[70]
  • Mayor of Mandeville Eddie Price III (R) was sentenced to 60 months on charges of income tax evasion and corruption. (2010)[71]

Maine[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Local[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • State Representative Carlos Henriquez (D) was convicted of two counts assault and battery charges and sentenced to 2½ years, with six months to be served in the Middlesex County House of Correction and Jail in Billerica, Massachusetts and the remaining two years to be spent on probation.[84] (2014)
  • State Representative Stephen Stat Smith (D) pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law for his role in a voter fraud scheme.[85] (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.[86] (2011)
  • State Senator Anthony D. Galluccio (D) was given one year in prison after failing a sobriety test and violating his probation from a previous hit and run accident. (2010)[87]

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. (2010)[88]

Michigan[edit]

  • State Senator Bert Johnson (D) was convicted of fraud. (2018)[89]
  • State Representative Brian Banks (D) was convicted of fraud for filing false financial statements (2017)[90]
  • State Senator Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) was convicted of assault and was sentenced to 10 months in jail, five years of probation and not be allowed to hold public office. (2015)[91]
  • Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Diane Hathaway (D) was sentenced to 366 days in prison for criminal mortgage fraud. (2013)[92]

Local[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

  • State Senator Chris Massey (R) was arrested for aggravated assault with a shovel for an argument with two maintenance workers. He was found guilty and given 6 months' probation. (2016)[97][98][99]
  • State Representative Greg Davis (R) was indicted on state charges of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements. He was convicted and sentenced to serve 2½ years in state prison. (2012)[100][101]
  • Judge Bobby DeLaughter (D) pleaded guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. (2010)[102]

Missouri[edit]

  • State Representative Steve Webb (D) convicted of theft. (2013)[103]
  • Governor of Missouri Roger B. Wilson (D) on May 12, 2012, was fined $2,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission.[104] In July he was sentenced to two years of probation on the money laundering charge.[105] (2012)
  • State Representative Ray Salva (D) convicted of fraud. (2011)[106]
  • Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Rod Jetton (R) was arrested for "recklessly causing serious physical injury" to an unnamed woman during sadomasochistic sex and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to probation and fined. (2010)[107][108]

Montana[edit]

  • State Senator Jason Priest (R) pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and resisting arrest. (2014)[109][110]
  • State Senator Art Wittich (R) was found guilty of campaign violations by coordinating with and taking illegal corporate contributions from, the Western Tradition Partnership. (2014)[111][112]
  • State Representative Tony Belcourt (D) was convicted of four federal corruption charges involving projects on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. He was sentenced to 7½ years in prison. (2014)[113]
  • State Representative Joel Boniek (R) was found guilty of "quid pro quo corruption" in taking $9,060 in contributions from the Western Tradition Partnership. (2010)[114][115][116]

Nevada[edit]

Local[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

Local[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

  • State Representative Kyle Tasker (R) was charged with three drug offenses and one count of using a computer to lure a teen. The teen was actually a police officer working undercover. He was sentenced to 3–10 years. (2016)[127][128][129][130][131]
  • State Representative Albert 'Max' Abramson (R) was found guilty of one felony count of reckless conduct for shooting a firearm. He received a suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay a fine and complete community service. (2012)[132][133]
  • State Representative Gary Wheaton (R) was arrested for a second offense of speeding and driving on a suspended license. He pled guilty to recklessly endangerment. (2011).[134][135]
  • State Representative James E. Ryan (D) stole checks from contributors that were intended for the Committee to Elect House Democrats. He pled guilty to felony charges of theft, forgery and issuing bad checks. (2009)[136]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

  • Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver (D) convicted of corruption. (2018)[139]
  • Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Dean Skelos (R) convicted of federal corruption. (2018)[140]
  • State Senator Tom Libous (R) was convicted of lying to FBI. (2015)[141]
  • Minority Leader of the State Senate John L. Sampson (D) was convicted of obstructing justice and making false statement. (2015)[142]
  • Majority Leader of the 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)[143]
  • 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)[144]
  • State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. (D) convicted of bribery (2014)[145]
  • State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) found guilty of bribery, conspiracy and other related charges. (2014)[146]
  • State Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D) convicted of perjury (2013)[147]
  • State Senator Shirley Huntley (D) convicted of mail fraud.[148] She was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. (2013)[149][150]
  • Majority Leader of the 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 he was sentenced to five years in prison. (2012)[151]
  • 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)[152][153]
  • State Senator Nicholas Spano (R), Spano pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion. He was sentenced to 12 to 18 months in federal prison. (2012)[154]
  • 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)[155]
  • State Senator Carl Kruger (D) resigned his seat and pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and bribery. (2011)[156]
  • 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)[157]
  • State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello (R) pleaded guilty to depriving the taxpayers of $48,000 by making her staff do personal chores for her, such as taking her shopping and picking up her dry cleaning. Her plea deal called for 250 hours of community service at an Albany health clinic, $22,500 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. (2009)[158][159]

Local[edit]

  • New York City Council member Ruben Wills (D) convicted of fraud. (2017)[160]
  • New York City Council member Dan Halloran (R) convicted of taking bribes and orchestrating payoffs. (2014)
  • New York City Council member Larry Seabrook (D) On February 9, 2010, a federal grand jury indicted Seabrook on 13 counts of money laundering, extortion, and fraud.[161] Seabrook was convicted on 9 charges (2012).[162]
  • President of the New York City Council Andrew Stein (D) was convicted of tax evasion regarding a Ponzi scheme (2010).[163]

North Carolina[edit]

  • State Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (R) convicted of fraud for misusing campaign contributions and falsely labeling them as expenses. Sentenced to 8 months. (2016)[164]
  • State Representative Deb McManus (D) resigned her State House seat and plead guilty to a tax charge. (2013)[165][166]
  • State Representative Stephen LaRoque (R) convicted on 12 counts including theft, money laundering and filing false tax returns. (2013)[167][168]
  • Governor Mike Easley (D) was convicted of a federal campaign law felony. (2010).[169]

Local[edit]

Ohio[edit]

  • State Representative Ron Gerberry (D) found guilty of charge of unlawful compensation of a public official. (2015)
  • State Representative Steve Kraus (R) convicted of a fifth-degree felony. (2015)
  • State Representative Peter Beck (R) convicted of perjury. (2015)
  • 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 a year of probation. (2014)[171]
  • State Representative Sandra Williams (D) convicted of filing a false report. (2014)
  • State Representative Clayton Luckie (D) convicted of corruption. (2013)
  • State Representative W. Carlton Weddington (D) was convicted on bribery charges and sentenced to three years in prison. (2012)[172]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • Treasurer of Pennsylvania Barbara Hafer (D) convicted of lying to the FBI. (2017)[182]
  • State Representative Marc Gergely (D) convicted of conspiracy. (2017)[183]
  • State Representative Leslie Acosta (D) convicted of embezzlement. (2016)[184]
  • Attorney General of Pennsylvania Kathleen Kane (D) was convicted of perjury. (2016)[184]
  • State Representative Louise Bishop (D) was convicted of corruption. (2016)[185]
  • State Representative Michelle Brownlee (D) was convicted of a conflict of interest. (2015)[186]
  • State Representative Harold James (D) was convicted of corruption. (2015)[187]
  • State Representative Ronald Waters (D) was convicted of bribery. (2015)[187]
  • Treasurer of Pennsylvania Rob McCord (D) pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion. (2015)[188][189]
  • State Senator LeAnna Washington (D) was convicted of conflict of interest. (2014)[190]
  • Turnpike Commission CEO Joe Brimmeier (D) pleaded guilty to felony conflict of interest charges. (2014)[191]
  • Turnpike Commission Chief Operating Officer George Hatalowich (D) pleaded guilty to felony conflict of interest charges. (2014)[140]
  • Turnpike Commission Chairman Mitchell Rubin (D) was sentenced to 24 months of probation for his plea to commercial bribery. (2014)[192]
  • State Representative Jose Miranda (D) was convicted of fraud. (2013)[193]
  • 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)[194]
  • State Senator and Republican Majority Whip 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)[195]
  • State Senator and Democratic Minority Floor Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate Bob Mellow (D) pleaded guilty to using Senate staffers for campaigns. (2012)[196]
  • State Representative Joseph F. Brennan (D) announced that he was withdrawing his reelection bid after allegations that he assaulted his wife and then drove drunk from the scene of the incident.[197] He was later convicted on both the DUI and assault charges.[198] (2012)
  • Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania Stephen Stetler (D) convicted of using state resources. (2012)[199]
  • 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)[200][201]
  • 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)[202]

Local[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

  • State Representative John Carnevale (D) convicted of perjury. (2018)[205]
  • State Representative Raymond Gallison (D) convicted of fraud. (2017)[206]
  • 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)[207]
  • State Representative Joseph Almeida (D) was given a $1,000 fine and a year on probation for mis-using funds. (2015)[208]
  • State Representative Leon Tejada (D) convicted of tax fraud. (2015)[209]
  • State Senator Patrick McDonald (D) convicted of embezzlement. (2014)[209]
  • State Representative John McCauley Jr (D) convicted of tax evasion. (2013)[209]
  • State Representative Leo Medina (D) convicted of stealing life insurance. (2013)[210]
  • State Senator Christopher Maselli (D) convicted of bank fraud. (2010)[211]

South Carolina[edit]

  • State Representative Jim Merrill (R) convicted of corruption. (2017)[212]
  • State Representative Chris Corley (R) pled guilty to first-degree domestic violence for beating his wife and threatening to kill her with a gun. (2017)[213][214][215]
  • Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Bobby Harrell (R) pleaded guilty to illegally using campaign funds for his own use. He was sentenced to a one-year prison term. (2014)[216]
  • State Representative Nelson Hardwick (R) pled guilty to assault and battery in the third degree for sexual harassment of a female employee. He was ordered to resign and fined. (2015)[217][218][219]
  • State Representative Thad Viers (R) convicted of money laundering, sentenced to 3 years in federal prison. (2015)[220][221] Previously arrested in 2012 on charges of harassing a 28-year-old woman described as an ex-girlfriend. He subsequently withdrew his bid for GOP nomination to the US Congress from South Carolina's 7th congressional district, citing "personal reasons." He was sentenced in 2014 to 60 days in jail for second-degree harassment.[220][222][223]
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina Ken Ard (R) resigned his position and pleaded guilty to 7 counts of misuse of campaign funds. He was sentenced to five years' probation, fined $5,000 and required to work 300 hours of community service. (2011)[224]

Tennessee[edit]

Local[edit]

Texas[edit]

  • State Representative Carlos Uresti (D) convicted of fraud and money laundering. (2017)
  • State Representative Ron Reynolds (D) was convicted of battery and was sentenced to one year in jail. (2015)[227]
  • State Representative Joe Driver (R) pleaded guilty to using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to reimburse himself for travel expenses that his campaign had already funded. (2011)[228][229]

Virginia[edit]

  • State Delegate Phil Hamilton (R) sentenced to 9½ years in prison for federal bribery and extortion.[230] (2010)

Washington, D.C.[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Representative Bill Kramer (R) was sentenced to five months in jail, after pleading no contest to two charges of sexual assault with three years' probation. (2014)[234][235]
  • 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)[236]

West Virginia[edit]

2000–2009[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Local[edit]

Alaska[edit]

  • Alaska political corruption probe in which VECO Corporation an oilfield service corporation, was investigated by the IRS, FBI and Department of Justice. Veco executives Bill Allen and VP Rick Smith pleaded guilty to federal charges of extortion, bribery, and conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service.[245] The charges involved bribing Alaska lawmakers who came to be known as the "Corrupt Bastards Club"[246] to vote in favor of an oil tax law favored by VECO that was the subject of vigorous debate in 2006,[247] and were part of a larger probe of political corruption in Alaska by federal authorities.
    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.[248]
    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)[249]
    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.[250]
    4. State Representative Bruce Weyhrauch (R), main charges dismissed by Supreme Court, given probation on state charges.[251][252]
    5. State Senator John Cowdery (R), pleaded guilty to lesser charges on 3/10/09.[253] 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. [227]

Arizona[edit]

  • Corporation Commissioner Jim Irvin (R) was found guilty of trying to influence a corporate bidding war and fined $60K. (2003)[254][255][256]

California[edit]

  • State Senator Tom Berryhill (R) was found guilty of money laundering by Judge Jonathan Lew and the California Fair Practices Commission of deliberately trying to conceal, deceive or mislead the transfer of $40,000 to the Republican Central Committee of Stanislaus County and the Republican Central Committee of San Joaquin County, which then passed it to the campaign of Bill Berryhill, his brother, thus circumventing California's contribution limits of $3,600 per donation. (2008)[257][258][259]

Local[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Local[edit]

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)[270][271]

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)[272][273]

Georgia[edit]

  • State Senator Charles Walker (D) convicted of charges including tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy (127 counts, in all),[274] He was sentenced to 10 years. (2005)[275][276]
  • Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko (R) sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzlement of federal education funds. (2004)[277]
  • State Representative Robin L. Williams (R) was convicted of campaign fraud. (2004)[278]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Representative Galen Fox (R) was convicted of sexual misconduct when he improperly touched a woman flying next to him. (2006)[279]
  • State Representative Nathan Suzuki (D) was found guilty of tax fraud. (2004)[280]
  • State Senator Marshall Ige (D) convicted of corruption. (2002)[281]

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.[282] On August 17, 2010, he was convicted on just one of 24 federal charges.[283] In a retrial in 2011, he was found guilty on 17 other counts and sentenced to 14 years in prison.[284][285][286][287] (2011)
  • Governor of Illinois George H. Ryan (R) was convicted of 18 counts of corruption and sentenced to 6 years and six months. (2006)[288]
  • State Representative Patricia Bailey (D) was convicted of perjury and fraud. (2005)[289]

Local[edit]

  • Chicago Alderman Arenda Troutman (D) was convicted of bribery. (2005)[290]
  • Mayor of Cicero, Betty Loren-Maltese (R) was coinvicted of an insurance scam costing the village 412 million. She was sentenced to 8 years in prison (2002)[291]

Indiana[edit]

  • State Representative Dennie Oxley (D) convicted of impersonating a public servant. (2009)[292]

Kansas[edit]

  • State Representative Phil Hermanson (R) while being investigated, Hermanson pled guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. (2009)[293][294]

Louisiana[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.[298][299] (2008)
  • State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D) was video taped by the FBI stuffing bribe money into her bra. Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion. (2008)[300]
  • Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran (D) pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and received 18 months' probation.[301](2004)

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.[302] (2007)
  • State Delegate Robert A. McKee (R) pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to a 37-month term.[303][304] (2006)

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)[305]
  • State Representative Nathan Cooper (R) convicted on two felony counts of immigration fraud. (2007)[306][307]

Nebraska[edit]

  • State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd (R) pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of misconduct. (2003)[308]
  • State Senator Ray Mossey (R) was found guilty and pled no contest to prescription drug charges and was sentenced to 2 years' probation. He was also sentenced to one year's probation for drunken driving when Mossey's blood-alcohol level tested at twice the legal limit. In addition, he was fined $14,000 for using campaign finance funds to pay an online dating service and a tattoo parlor. (2005)[309]
  • Regent David Hergert (R) of the University of Nebraska was arrested soon after his election for violating campaign finance laws. He pled guilty to false reporting and obstruction and was sentenced to 5 years' probation and fined $654,000 (2005)[310][311][312][313]

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)[314]
  • State Representative Brent Parker (R) pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer. He was ordered to attend a 10-week therapy class or face up to 180 days in jail (2003).[315]

Local[edit]

  • Operation G-Sting or Strippergate was an FBI probe into bribes taken by County Commissioners in Clark County, Nevada and City Council members in San Diego, California. It was the result of strip club owners Rick Rizzolo and Mike Galardi trying to remove a "no touch" law affecting the girls in their clubs. The investigation resulted in the convictions of 17 defendants including:[316]
  1. Clark county Commissioner Lynette Boggs McDonald (R) pled no contest to filing a false statement and campaign funding irregularities (2009)[317][318]
  2. Clark County Commissioner Mary Kincaid-Chauncey (D) was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, fined $7,600 and ordered to forfeit $19,000 in assets (2006)[319]
  3. Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera (D) was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison, fined $15,000 and ordered to forfeit $60,000 in assets (2006)
  4. Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny (D) was sentenced to 2½ years in prison (2006)
  5. Clark County Commissioner Lance Matthew Malone (R) pleaded guilty to violating federal racketeering laws for bribing commissioners(2006)[320]

New Hampshire[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.[321]
    2. State Senator Wayne R. Bryant (D) was convicted of bribery. (2007)[322]
    3. State Senator Joseph Coniglio (D) indicted for abusing state grants, mail fraud and extortion. (2008)[323]
    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.[324]
  • State Senator John A. Lynch, Jr. (D) convicted of mail fraud and tax evasion. (2006)
  • Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto (D) convicted of corruption. (2004)

Local[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

  • State Senator Manny Aragon (D) was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to defraud 4.4 million from the State of New Mexico. (2009)[330]
  • State Treasurer Robert Virgil (D) was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 37 months in prison and fined $97,000. (2007)[331]
  • State Treasurer Michael Montoya (D) was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 40 months in prison and a $40,000 fine. (2007)[331]

New York[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D) pleaded 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)[332][333]
  • 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)[334][335]
  • 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)[336]
  • State Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D) was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering. (2009)[337]
  • 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)[338][339][340]
  • State Senator Diane Gordon (D) was convicted of receiving bribes. (2008)[341]
  • State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R) while serving on the State Parole Board, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of online enticement of minors. He was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison (2008)[342][343][344]
  • State Assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr. (D) was sentenced to 9 years in jail for falsifying records. (2005)[341]
  • State Assemblywoman Gloria Davis (D) was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years' probation for bribery. (2003)[345]
  • 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.[346] He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count and received a year in jail.[347] He served 182 days. (2002)

Local[edit]

  • New York City Councillor Miguel Martinez (D) pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy two days later. He admitted to stealing $106,000 that was for children's art programs and low-income housing.[348] He was convicted on three felonies, and was sentenced to five years in prison. (2009)[349]
  • NY City Councilman Dennis P. Gallagher (R) resigned from office and pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a woman in his district office while he was intoxicated. (2007)[350]

North Carolina[edit]

  • State Representative James B. Black (D) pleaded guilty to a federal charge of public corruption and was sentenced to five years in prison. (2007)[351]
  • State Representative Paul Miller (D), was sentenced to a year's probation and fined $1,000 for fraud. (2006)[352][352][353]
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Meg Scott Phipps (D) pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges and served three years in prison. (2003)[354]
  • State Representative Michael P. Decker (R) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, honest services mail fraud, and money laundering. Decker, a Republican, solicited Democrats and agreed to accept $50,000 and other gifts in return for switching parties. (2002)[352][352][353]
  • State Representative Thomas Wright (R), was found guilty of three counts of felony fraud. He was sentenced to 6 to 8 years(2007)[355][356][357]

Local[edit]

  • Cabarrus County Commissioner Coy C. Privette, (R) pled guilty to aiding and abetting prostitution. (2007)[358]

Northern Marianas Islands[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 $4,000 and ordered to apologize to the people of Ohio. (2005)[364]

Oregon[edit]

  • State Representative Dan Doyle (R) resigned from office and was sentenced to 15 months in jail for finance violations. (2005)[365][366][367][368]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • 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)[369]
  • Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania Stephen Stetler (D) sentenced to 1½–5 years in prison, fined $35,000, order to pay $466,621 restitution for multiple corruption convictions. (2009)[370]
  • State Representative Milton Street (D) convicted of tax evasion and was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison. (2008)[371] Street appealed, but his conviction was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.[372]
  • 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)[373]
  • State Representative & Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Veon (D), convicted of misusing state funds and sentenced to 6–14 years in jail. (2007)[374]
  • 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.[375] (2007)
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was convicted of 21 counts of harassment, solicitation for perjury and intimidation. (2007).[376][377][378][379]
  • State Representative Frank LaGrotta (D) pleaded 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)[380][381][382][383][384]
  • State Representative Thomas W. Druce (R) was convicted in 2000 of a 1999 hit and run that killed a man. (2000)[385][386]
  • State Representative R. Tracy Seyfert (R) pleaded 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 Millennium. She was sentenced to five years in federal prison and assessed a $5,000 fine. (2001)[387]
  • State Senator Bill Slocum (R) pleaded 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.[388] (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.[389] (2000)
  • State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was found guilty on December 12, 2005, of conflict of interest.[390][391] he resigned and was sentenced to 6 to 12 months of prison followed by four years of probation.[392]
  • State Senator F. Joseph Loeper (R) pleaded 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.[393][394] He resigned his senate seat on December 31, 2000,[395] and was later released from federal prison at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after serving 6 months.[396](2000)

Local[edit]

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)[398]
    1. 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.[399]
    2. Deputy Secretary of State Angel Ocasio Ramos received 18 months in prison for making illegal payments to Rangel in exchange for government contracts.[400]
  • 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)[401]

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)[402]
  • 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)[403][404]
  • State Representative Leo Medina (D) was found guilty of unlawful appropriation of funds and sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a life insurance settlement from its rightful recipient. (2012)[405]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci (R). His first administration ended in 1984 when he pleaded 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.[406]

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]

  • State Representative Ted Klaudt (R) was found guilty on all four counts of second-degree rape as well as witness tampering. He was sentenced to 54 years in prison. (2008)[412]

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;[413]
    1. State Senator John Ford (D) Sentenced to 66 months for bribery.
    2. State Senator Kathryn Bowers (D) pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.
    3. State Senator Ward Crutchfield (D) pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.[414]
    4. State Senator Roscoe Dixon (D) pleaded guilty to bribery
    5. State Representative Chris Newton (R) pleaded guilty to bribery.
  • State Representative Ronald 'Ronnie' Davis (R) pled guilty to four felony charges of conspiring to sell fake passports and to supplying drugs to his girlfriend (2002)[415][416]

Local[edit]

Utah[edit]

  • State Representative Brent Parker (R) pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer. (2003)[420][421]
  • Ray M. Harding Jr. (R) Judge of the 3rd State District was found guilty of possession of cocaine and heroin and sentenced to 120 days in jail, probation, community service and fined (2002)[422][423]

Virginia[edit]

  • State Secretary of Finance John Forbes (R) was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he admitted embezzling $4 million in tobacco-region economic development money. He was sentenced to 120 months in prison (2009)[424][425]

West Virginia[edit]

  • State Representative Lisa D. Smith (R) pleaded 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.[426]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Scott Jensen (R) convicted of misuse of public workers. (2006)[427]
  • State Assemblyman Steven Foti (R) convicted of ethics violations. (2006)[427]
  • State Senator Gary George (D) was convicted of fraud. (2004)[428]
  • State Assemblywoman Bonnie Ladwig (R) convicted of ethics violations. (2004)[427]
  • 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.[429] (2003)
  • State Senator Charles Chvala (D) sentenced to serve 9 months in prison for campaign violations including coordination violations. [228] (2002)

Local[edit]

1990–1999[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Alaska[edit]

Arizona[edit]

  • Governor of Arizona John Fife Symington III (R) was convicted on charges of extortion, making false financial statements, and of bank fraud in 1997.[436] The conviction was overturned in 1999 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before retrial, he was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.[437]
  • State Representative Sue Laybe (D) was found guilty of bribery and given 6 months during the AZSCAM investigation (1990)[438]
  • State Representative Donald Kenney (R), was convicted in the AZSCAM investigation for taking a bribe of $55,000 in a gym bag and was sentenced to five years in prison. (1990)[439]
  • State Representative James Hartdegen (R), pleaded guilty to violating three campaign laws and was forced to resign as part of the AZSCAM investigation. (1990)[440][441]
  • State Representative James Meredith (R), was found guilty of making false campaign contributions during the AZSCAM investigation (1990)[442]
  • State Representative Bobby Raymond (D), investigated in the AZSCAM investigation, stated his favorite line was, "What's in it for me?" Found guilty of conspiracy and bribery and sentenced to two years in prison, with seven years of probation (1990)[443][444][445]
  • State Senator Jesus Chuy Higuera (D), guilty of taking a $4,000 bribe and demanding a shrimp and fax concession in all future casinos. Sentenced to 2 months in prison and 4 years' probation (1990)[446][447]

Arkansas[edit]

  • Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker. (D) As part of the Whitewater investigation run by Kenneth Starr, Tucker was convicted of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to four years' probation. (1996)[448]
  • Secretary of State Bill McCuen (D) pleaded guilty to bribery, kickbacks, tax evasion and trading in public office. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined (1996)[449]
  • State Senator Carolyn Walker (D) was convicted of accepting payoffs for pledging to support gambling legislation as part of the AZSCAM Investigation. Sentenced to 4 years in prison (1991)[450][451][452][453]

California[edit]

  • State Representative Brian Setencich (R) was convicted of tax evasion connected to his 1996 re-election campaign. (2000)[454]
  • The FBI's Bribery and Special Interest sting operation (BRISPEC, or "Shrimpscam") targeted corruption in the California legislature. Five convictions were obtained.
    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 6½ 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.[455]

Connecticut[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Waterbury Joseph J. Santopietro (R) was found guilty of taking a $25,000 payoff in return for $1 million in city pension funds. (1991)[458][459]

Florida[edit]

  • State Representative Marvin Couch (R) was arrested in Orlando for soliciting sex and pled guilty to unnatural or lascivious acts and exposure of his sexual organs. (1996)[460][461][462][463]

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)[464]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Treasurer Jerome Cosentino (D) was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to nine months' home confinement. (1991)[465]
  • 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)[466]
  • 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)[467]
  • State Senator Bruce A. Farley (D) sentenced to 18 months in prison for mail fraud (1999)[468]
  • State Senator John A. D'Arco, Jr. (D) served about three years in prison for bribery and extortion (1995)[469]

Local[edit]

  • Charles Panici (R) Mayor of Chicago Heights, guilty of racketeering, bribery and extortion. Sentenced to 10 years.(1992)[470][471]

Hawaii[edit]

  • State Representative Daniel J. Kihano (D) was sentenced to one year for one count of mail fraud. (1992)[472]

Kentucky[edit]

  • FBI Operation Boptrot was an investigation into bribery and the horse racing industry. 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)[473][474] Legislators convicted as a result of Operation Boptrot included:
  1. 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.
  2. State Representative 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.
  3. State Representative Clay Crupper (D) pleaded guilty after 1992 indictment and was fined $10,000 on charges of interstate travel in aide of racketeering.
  4. State Senator 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.
  5. State Senator John Hall (D) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges stemming from 1992 indictment in Operation BopTrot.
  6. State Representative 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.
  7. State Senator 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.
  8. State Representative Bill McBee (D) was sentenced to a 15-month prison term for his role in Operation BopTrot.
  9. State Senator 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.
  10. State Senator 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.
  11. State Senator 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.
  12. State Senator 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.
  13. State Representative 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.
  14. State Representative 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.
  15. State Senator 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.

Louisiana[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • State Representative Charles Flaherty (D) pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion for submitting false receipts regarding his business expenses and to violations of the state conflict of interests law.[476] (1996)

Local[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

  • State Senator Sam Solon (D) Pleaded guilty to telecommunications fraud for letting his ex-wife make $2,430 in calls on his State Senate telephone line. (1995)[478]
  • State Representative Robert Johnson (R) was convicted of three drunk driving arrests in a seven-week period. He was sentenced to a year in prison. (1995)[479][480]
  • State Representative Randy Staten (DFL) pled guilty to writing bad checks and was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, then probation. (1986)[481][480]

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.[482]
  • Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Bob F. Griffin (D), Griffin pleaded 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.[483] (1995)
  • Missouri Attorney General William L. Webster (R), pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges and was sentenced to two years in prison. (1993)[484] (1993)

Nebraska[edit]

  • State Treasurer Frank Marsh (R) convicted of misdemeanor charges for making personal, long-distance telephone calls. (1991)[485][486][487]

New York[edit]

  • Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Sol Wachtler (R), was investigated for extortion and harassment. He pleaded guilty to one charge of threatening to kidnap a teenage girl and served 15 months. (1993)[488][489][490]
  • State Senator Andrew Jenkins (D) convicted of illegal banking, sentenced to 1 year and 1 day (1990)[491]
  • State Senator Randy Kuhl, Jr. (R) was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in 1997. His driver's license was revoked for six months.[492][493]

North Carolina[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • State Representative Frank Serafini (R) from Lackawanna, was convicted of perjury (1999)[496][497][498]
  • Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen (D) convicted of conspiracy. (1992)[499]
  • Attorney General Ernie Preate (R) pleaded guilty to mail fraud. (1995)[500]
  • State Senator William G. Stinson (D) was found guilty of voter fraud and his election was reversed. (1994)[501][502]
  • State Senator William Lee Slocum, Jr. (R) pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act between 1983 and 1995, when he operated the Youngsville Sewage Treatment Plant and allowed repeated pollution discharges of raw sewage. Sentenced to one month in jail, five months of home detention, and fined $15,000.[503][504]
  • State Senator Dan S. Delp (R) from York, pleaded guilty to buying a 19-year-old prostitute liquor and food using state money (1998)[505][506][507]

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

  • State Representative Paul Wayne Derrick (R) was convicted of accepting $1,000 in cash for his support of a gambling proposal being investigated in the FBI Operation, Lost Trust. (1991)[509]
  • State Representative Rick Lee (R) pleaded guilty to violating the Hobbs Act during the FBI Operation, Lost Trust. (1990)[510]
  • State Representative Daniel E. Winstead (R) from Charleston, pled guilty to accepting bribes. (1990)[511]

Texas[edit]

  • Attorney General Dan Morales (D) pleaded 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.[512][513]
  • State Senator Drew Nixon (R) was arrested on a charge of soliciting sex from an undercover Austin police officer which led to another charge of carrying an unlicensed, loaded gun for which he did not have a proper permit. The jury recommended probation on the prostitution charge, but jail time on the weapons charge. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison and fined $6K. (1997)[514][515]

Vermont[edit]

Virginia[edit]

  • State Delegate Fenton L. Bland, Jr. (D) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud; sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution (2005)[518]
  • State Senator Robert E. Russell Sr. (R) was convicted of embezzling $6,750 from a nonprofit cycling club. (1995)[519]

West Virginia[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

1980–1989[edit]

Alaska[edit]

  • State Senator Paul Fischer (R), pled guilty to misuse of state funds and taking illegal campaign contributions from an oil-field construction company. (1989)[451][522]
  • State Senator George H. Hohman, Jr. (D) State Senator, bribed to obtain a water-bomber aircraft for the state. Sentenced to 3 years and fined $30,000. (1982)[523][524]

Arizona[edit]

  • Governor Evan Mecham (R) was found guilty of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds. (1988)[525]

Florida[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

Illinois[edit]

  • Governor Dan Walker (D) was convicted of improprieties stemming from loans from a Savings and Loan. He served 18 months in prison. (1987)[528][528] The First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook was declared insolvent with a deficit of $23 million.[529]
  • Attorney General William J. Scott (R) was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to a year in prison.[530]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

  • State Senator Jerry C. Diggs (D) accepting bribes to kill taxes on race track revenue; He was tried, convicted, and sentenced[536]

Nebraska[edit]

  • Attorney General Paul L. Douglas (R) was convicted of perjury and resigned. (1984)[537][538]
  • State Senator James Pappas (R) from North Platte was charged with circulating a petition in a county in which he was not qualified and lying about it. He was found guilty, fined and placed on probation for 2 years. (1986)[539][540]

New Hampshire[edit]

  • State Representative Vincent Palumbo (R) pled guilty to bank fraud and tax evasion. He was sentenced to more than a year (1989)[541][542][543]

New Jersey[edit]

Local[edit]

New York[edit]

  • State Senator Richard E. Schermerhorn (R) was convicted of income-tax evasion, obstruction of justice and filing a false statement. Sentenced to 18 months in prison. (1989)[545]
  • Judge William C. Brennan (D) On July 25, 1985, he was indicted by a federal grand jury for taking $47,000 in bribes to fix cases in his court.[546][547] Brennan was convicted of taking bribes and several related charges.[548]
  • State Senator Joseph R. Pisani (R) was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and tax evasion, most of which were overturned on appeal. The Appeals Court upheld one conviction for taking money from an escrow account from his client. (1983)[549] In 1986, Pisani pleaded guilty to other charges of tax evasion, and was sentenced to one year in prison.[550]

Oregon[edit]

  • State Senator Bill Olson (R) plead guilty to second-degree sex abuse with a 13-year-old female. (1988)[551][552]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

  • FBI investigation Operation Rocky Top concerned the illegal sale of charity bingo licenses which resulted in over 50 convictions.[557] Two targets of the investigation committed suicide: Tennessee Secretary of State Gentry Crowell (D) (in December 1989, just before he was scheduled to testify for a third time before a federal grand jury) and long-time State Representative Ted Ray Miller (D) (after being charged with bribery). (1986)
  • Governor Leonard Ray Blanton (D) was convicted of mail fraud, conspiracy and extortion for selling liquor licenses. (1982) He served 22 months in a federal penitentiary.[558]
  • State Representative Emmitt Ford (D) was convicted of fraud. (1981)[559]
  • State Representative Tommy Burnett (D) jailed for 10 months for tax evasion. (1983)[560]
  • State Representative Robert J. Fisher (R), was convicted of soliciting a $1,000 bribe from Carter County Sheriff George Papantoniou to kill a state bill the sheriff opposed. Fisher was given a $500 fine and a 30-day suspended sentence and was expelled from the State Senate by a vote of 92–1 (1980)[561][562]

Texas[edit]

  • State Representative Mike Martin (R) from Longview, hired his cousin to shoot him as a publicity stunt. He pleaded guilty to perjury and paid a $2,000 fine on the condition that he also resign. (1982)[563]

Washington[edit]

  • State Senator Gordon Walgren (D) convicted of violating the Travel Act during the investigation called GAMSCAM. (1980)[564][565]
  • State Representative John A. Bagnariol (D) was convicted of racketeering charges during the investigation called GAMSCAM. (1980[566]

Wisconsin[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

  • State Senator Dan R. Tonkovich (D) pleaded guilty to extorting $5,000 from gambling interests. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison. (1989)[567][568]
  • State Senate Larry Tucker (D) extorted $10,000 from a lobbyist, resigned and pleaded guilty. (1989)[569][570]

1970–1979[edit]

Alabama[edit]

  • State Treasurer Melba Till Allen (D) was convicted of using her office to obtain bank loans to build a theme park and of failing to make full disclosure of her personal finances. She was sentenced to six years in jail and three-and-a-half years of probation. (1978)[571]

Arkansas[edit]

  • State Senator Guy H. Jones (D) convicted of tax evasion in 1973, he was expelled from the senate in 1974.[572]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Representative Walter C. McAvoy (R) convicted of taking a bribe. (1978)[573]
  • The Illinois concrete industry was investigated for bribery and six politicians were found guilty. (1976)[574][575]
    1. State Rep. Pete Pappas (R), the chief conspirator who turned government informant and pleaded guilty; got probation.
    2. State Rep. Louis F, Capuzi (R) – (Chicago) guilty
    3. State Rep, Robert Craig (D), guilty, 3-year sentence, $5,000 fine.
    4. State Sen. Kenneth W. Course (D), guilty, 3-year sentence, $5,000 fine.
    5. State Rep. Frank P. (Pat) North (R), guilty, 3-year sentence, $5,000 fine.
    6. State Sen. Jack E. Walker (R), guilty, 3-year sentence, $5,000 fine.
    7. State Sen. Donald D. Carpentier (R), guilty, 3-year sentence, $5,000 fine.
  • State Representative John Wall (R) was convicted of conspiracy to extort money from employees of Crown Personnel, Inc., connected with the labor department's program to find jobs for Vietnam veterans through private employment agencies. (1971)[576][577][578]
  • 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.[579] He was sentenced to three years in federal prison.[579] (1973)
  • Secretary of State Edward Barrett (D) was convicted of bribery, mail fraud, and income tax evasion. (1973)[573]

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)[580][581]

Maryland[edit]

  • State Senator and Anne Arundel County Executive Joseph Alton Jr. (R) (1974) pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit extortion. He served seven months of an eighteen-month sentence in Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex.[582]
  • State Representative George Santoni (D) was convicted of extortion and served 43 months in prison. (1977)[583][584]
  • 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.[585]

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)[586][587][588]
  • 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)[589]
  • State Senators Joseph DiCarlo (D) and Ronald MacKenzie (R) were convicted of violating the Hobbs Act, which forbids extortion by public officials, and the Travel Act, which forbids crossing state lines for the purpose of extortion. They were sentenced to one year in prison and fined $5,000. (1977)[590][591][592][593]

New Jersey[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Arnold D'Ambrosa (D) sentenced to nine months in jail after admitting to charges of embezzlement, bribery, perjury and official misconduct. (1976)[594]
  • Secretary of the Treasury Joseph H. McCrane Jr. (R) was convicted of four counts of preparing false and fraudulent tax returns to hide political donations (1974)[595]
  • Secretary of State Paul J. Sherwin (R)[596] was convicted of trying to fix a $600,000 state highway contract for a contractor who then kicked back $10,000 to Republican fund-raisers (1971)[597][598]
  • 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. He was given a suspended sentence and three years' probation.[599]
  • 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)[600][601][602]
  • State Assemblyman Peter Moraites (R) pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of fraud and was given a 16-month sentence. (1970)[603][604][605]
  • State Senator Jerome M. Epstein (R) was convicted of stealing $4 million worth of oil between 1969 and 1975 while he was in office. He was sentenced to nine years in prison (1975)[606][607][608][609]

Local[edit]

New York[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Martin S. Auer (R) was convicted of a kickback scheme with insurance agencies (1979)[611]
  • State Senator Lloyd H. Paterson (R) convicted of 20 counts of grand larceny and five counts of falsifying business records, having embezzled more than $68,000 from private estates. He was forced to give up his seat, sentenced to five years' probation and fined $18,500 (1978)[612][613]

Local[edit]

  • New York City Councilman Matthew Troy (D) plead guilty to a federal charge of filing a 1972 income tax return that failed to include $37,000 stolen from clients of his law practice (1976)[614]

Oklahoma[edit]

  • Governor David Hall (D), was convicted of extortion and conspiracy and served 19 months of a three-year sentence. (1975)[615]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • State Senator William E. Duffield (D) was sentenced to 6 months in prison for 11 counts of mail fraud. (1975)[616]
  • 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.[617]

Local[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

  • State Representative John Dowdy (D) was convicted on eight counts for accepting a $25,000 bribe. (1972)[620]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Representative James Lewis (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 pleaded guilty to perjury for lying to a federal grand jury investigating the scheme and was removed from office. (1979)[621]
  • State Senator James Devitt (R) was found guilty of giving felony false testimony by attempting to conceal a campaign contribution. He was also removed from office. (1974)[622]

West Virginia[edit]

1960–1969[edit]

Alabama[edit]

California[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Oakland John C. Houlihan (R) was sent to prison for more than two years after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $100,000 from an estate he was handling as an attorney (1966)[626][627]

Maryland[edit]

  • State Delegate A. Gordon Boone (D) served 13 months in federal prison after his conviction on charges of mail fraud in connection with the state's savings and loan scandal(1967)[628]

New Jersey[edit]

  • State Senator Jerome Epstein (R) was found guilty and sentenced to 9 years for stealing $4KK of fuel oil. (1968)[606][609]

New York[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Hyman E. Mintz (R) was convicted of bribery and perjury charges for trying to get insider information on a grand jury probe of the Finger Lakes Race Track. Mintz was sentenced to one year in prison. (1965)[629][630][631]
  • State Assemblyman Stanley J. Bauer (R) pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and was fined $5,000. (1962)[632]

Oklahoma[edit]

  • Supreme Court Justice N.S. Corn (D) accepted bribes of $150K delivered in $100 bills in an armored car and was sentenced to 18 months in prison (1964)[633][634]

1950–1959[edit]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Auditor Orville Hodge (R) embezzled more than $6 million and was indicted on 54 counts including conspiracy, forgery and embezzling. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.[635][636] (1956)

Maine[edit]

  • State Senator Earle Albee (R), was found guilty of accepting money under false pretenses for working to have a drunk driving charge dismissed. He was sentenced to prison and an appeal was dismissed (1957).[637][638]

Texas[edit]

  • Texas Land Commissioner Bascom Giles (D) convicted of fraud and bribery and served three years of a six-year prison term.[639]

1940–1949[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Local[edit]

Michigan[edit]

  • State Representative Carl F. DeLano (R) was convicted of accepting bribes from naturopathic physicians, sentenced to three to five years in prison (1945)[643][644][645]
  • State Senator William C. Birk (R) was convicted of accepting a bribe and sentenced to four years in prison. (1945)[646]
  • State Senator Jerry T. Logie (R) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3–5 years in prison for bribery. (1944)[647]
  • State Representative William Green (R) indicted on bribery charges, tried in 1945 and convicted; sentenced to three to five years in prison (1945)[648][649]
  • State Representative Warren Green Hooper (R) pleaded guilty to taking bribes and was given immunity from prosecution in return for turning state's evidence. Four days later he was shot and killed (1945).[650][644]

New Jersey[edit]

  • Atlantic County Treasurer Enoch L. Johnson "Nucky" (R) was involved in racketeering, gambling, prostitution and bootlegging. He was arrested for failure to file income taxes. He was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years. (1941)[651][652]

New York[edit]

  • Assemblyman Lawrence J. Murray, Jr. (D) 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,[653] and the next day sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.[654]

1930–1939[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

  • State Senator Nathan Spiro (R), pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and was fined $1,500 (1938)[655][656]

Louisiana[edit]

Michigan[edit]

  • State Representative Miles M. Callaghan (R) resigned his seat after pleading guilty to charges of legislative graft and conspiracy. (1939)[658]

New Jersey[edit]

  • State Senator Ralph W. Chandless was found guilty of discrediting the Senate during an investigation of a sewer scandal and expelled. (1930)[659]

Pennsylvania[edit]

1920–1929[edit]

Illinois[edit]

  • State Treasurer Len Small (R) was found guilty of embezzlement and forced to reimburse $650,000 to the State, even though he had just been elected Governor (1922)[661]

Local[edit]

  • Harry M. Schriver (R) Mayor of Rock Island, was convicted of vice protection and conspiracy.(1923)[662][663][664]-

Indiana[edit]

Local[edit]

  • Mayor of Indianapolis John Duvall (R) was convicted of bribery and jailed. (1928)[668]
  • Mayor of Indianapolis Claude E. Negley (R) pled guilty to accepting bribes, fined(1927)[669]

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)[670][671]

Oklahoma[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Clark M. Perry (R) pleaded guilty to a charge of liquor conspiracy and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. (1926)[672][673][674]

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)[675]
  • State Senator Ivison C. Burgess (R) introduced legislation to regulate trading stamps and coupons and then accepted a bribe of $2,000 from trading-stamp interests. Guilty of bribery, then expelled from the Senate. (1917)[676]

California[edit]

  • State Senator Marshall Black, (R) was convicted for embezzlement of funds (1918)[677][678]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • State Representative Harry Choate Foster (R) was found guilty of conduct unbecoming a representative for collecting money for pending legislation(1916)[679][680]

Local[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

  • State Representative Clifford L. Snow (R) found guilty of selling his votes to other legislators(1913)[681]

Oklahoma[edit]

  • State Insurance Commissioner Perry A. Ballard (D) was found guilty of moral turpitude and corruption. (1913)[682]

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • Auditor General of Pennsylvania William Preston Snyder (R) was convicted of conspiracy to defraud and was given a sentence of two years in jail. (1909)[683][684]

Wisconsin[edit]

1900–1909[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Local[edit]

Michigan[edit]

  • State Representative D. Judson Hammond (R) from Oakland County, convicted of soliciting a bribe of $500 to defeat a bill opposed by wholesale grocers; sentenced to two years in prison. (1903)[695][696]
  • State Treasurer Frank Porter Glazier (R) convicted of embezzlement; served two years in prison (1908)[697][698]

Missouri[edit]

New York[edit]

  • State Assemblyman Max Eckmann (R) found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture false voting petitions, fined $500 (1906)[701][702]

Pennsylvania[edit]

1890–1899[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Local[edit]

Maryland[edit]

  • State Treasurer Stevenson Archer (D) was found guilty of embezzling $132,000 and sentenced to 5 years. (1890)[705]

1880–1889[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

1870–1879[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

  • Governor David C. Butler (R) was found guilty of using $16,000 from the sale of public lands for his own private use. He was then impeached and removed from office (1871)[711][712]

1860–1869[edit]

Kansas[edit]

1850–1859[edit]

Illinois[edit]

  • Governor of Illinois Joel Aldrich Matteson (D), was found to have redeemed Michigan and Illinois Canal script, which had already been redeemed. He was found guilty and forced to repay $238K (1859)[713]

See also[edit]

Federal politicians:

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