Schock indicted on 24 counts


aaron_schock_head-150x1501-150x150Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock was indicted Thursday, accused of 24 alleged violations of federal law including theft of government funds, fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns.

Schock, 35, quit Congress in disgrace last year after first being elected in 2008.

James Lewis, the U.S. attorney in Springfield, said in a news release that Schock defrauded the federal government and his campaign committees and covered up his actions with false statements, claims and invoices.

“These charges allege that Mr. Schock deliberately and repeatedly violated federal law, to his personal and financial advantage,” Lewis said. “Mr. Schock held public office at the time of the alleged offenses, but public office does not exempt him or anyone else from accountability for alleged intentional misuse of public funds and campaign funds.”

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