List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes

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This list includes American state and local politicians convicted of crimes while in office.

Convicted politicians are those politicians who have actually been convicted in a court of law. They include governors, secretaries, comptrollers, state senators and state representatives, their close staff and appointees. Private citizens, businessmen and family are included only as they relate to the crime.

The list does not include scandals or accusations, nor does it include mere arrests or indictments.

Also not included 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

State and local Politicians Convicted

2010–

2000–2009

  1. Thomas Anderson (R) State Representative for District 19. Found guilty of seven felony counts of extortion, bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering. Sentenced on October 15, 2007 to a term of 60 months in prison.[40]
  2. Pete Kott (R) State Representative for District 17. Found guilty on three charges of bribery and sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. (2007) [41]
  3. Vic Kohring (R) State Representative convicted on November 1, 2007, of 3 counts of bribery by the Veco Corporation. In May 2008, he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.[42]
  4. Jim Clark (R) Chief of Staff to Governor Frank Murkowski (R). On March 4, 2008, Clark pleaded guilty to one felony conspiracy charge involving the Alaska political corruption probe.# [43]
  5. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) State Representative of Juneau was sentenced to five years.[44]
  6. John Cowdery (R) State Senator of O district. Pled guilty to lesser charges on 3/10/09. [24] Sentenced to six months house arrest and a $25,000 fine.
  7. Beverly Masek (R) State Representative of Willow, was sentenced to 6 months on September 23, 2009. [25]
  1. Alonso 'Lon' Monk (D) Chief of Staff to Rod Blagojevich pled quilty to one count of mail fraud and was sentenced to 2 years in prison(2009)[62][63]
  2. Christopher Kelly (D) Advisor to Rod Blagojevich pled guilty to tax fraud. (2009) [64]
  3. John F. Harris (D) Chief of Staff to Rod Blagojevich, pled quilty to one count of mail fraud and was sentenced to 10 days in prison.(2009) [65]
  1. Scott Fawell (R) Chief of Staff to George Ryan was convicted of racketeering and fraud and sentenced to 6 years and 6 months.[67]
  1. Daniel M. Van Pelt(R) NJ State Assemblyman (representative). Resigned after indictment for bribery.[83]
  1. John Ford State Senator (D) Sentenced to 66 months for bribery.
  2. Kathryn Bowers State Senator (D) Pled guilty to one count of bribery.
  3. Ward Crutchfield State Senator (D) Pled guilty to one count of bribery.[144]
  4. Chris Newton State Representative (R) Sentenced to one year for bribery.

1990–1999

  1. California Senator Alan Robbins (D) resigned on November 21, 1991, in advance of pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with insurance-industry bribes.[150]
  2. California Senator Joseph B. Montoya (D) was convicted in April 1990 of rackeetering, extortion and money laundering and was sentenced to 6½ years in prison.[151]
  3. California Senator Frank Hill (R) and his aid were found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 46 months in prison. {1994} [152]
  4. California Board of Equalization member Paul B. Carpenter (D) was found guilty of 11 counts of obstruction of justice and money laundering. (1993) [153]
  5. California State Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R) served 29 months for bribery in an FBI sting operation called Shrimpscam.[154]

1980–1989

1970–1979

1960-1969

1950–1959

1940–1949

1910–1919

1777–1979

See also

Notes

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