Steve Stockman expected to enter not guilty plea

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Former U.S. Congressman appear Monday with court appointed lawyer

Updated 10:03 am, Monday, April 10, 2017

Former Congressman Steve Stockman is expected to plead not guilty Monday to allegations he helped steal about $800,000 in charitable donations intended for conservative organizations.

Upon Stockman’s request, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson appointed him a lawyer last week to be paid for by the government until he can land a job. Stockman said he needed to dismiss his hand-picked lawyers because he cannot work because his job requires him to travel overseas, which is not permitted under his bond.


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Stockman was indicted on 28 federal corruption charges. He said publicly that he expects to be vindicated. He is free on bond.

Stockman, who failed to unseat Sen. John Cornyn in the 2014 Republican primary, is accused of being the kingpin in a complex criminal conspiracy to illegally funnel charitable funds to personal and campaign expenses. He and two aides are charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions, pocketing $1.2 million from three U.S.-based foundations and individuals and then laundering most of the money without paying taxes on it.

Scroll through the gallery to see former Rep. Steve Stockman over the years


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