Former Texas Congressman Accused of Stealing from Charity

Tea Partier Steve Stockman Accused of Using Charity Cash For Campaign

The former Texas Republican was jailed on Thursday and accused in federal court on Friday of conspiring with two former employees to violate federal election laws.

"It is a crime to make a campaign contribution by one person in the name of another, and to make a false statement to the Federal Elections Commission", FBI Special Agent Vanessa Walther said in a sworn statement obtained by the Chronicle. According to the federal complaint, Stockman set up a nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas.

Stockman was arrested at Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, where he said he was catching a flight to the United Arab Emirates to help Sunni Muslims, according to the Chronicle.

Republican politician Steve Stockman redirected funds from a wealthy donor that were meant to renovate and operate the Freedom House for the "Life Without Limits" nonprofit in Washington D.C., authorities said.

Stockman deposited the check into a Life Without Limits account in a Webster bank.

The feds say after assuming office in January 2013, Stockman asked $350,000 from an unidentified businessman from Chicago.

Records showed none of the money went to Freedom House. The house never opened.

Tea Party darling Steve Stockman, who served two non-consecutive terms in Congress from 1995 to 1997 and 2013 to 2015, used to be best known for inviting an Obama-mask wearing rodeo clown to perform in his state and walking out of the former president's State of the Union address.

Rep. Steve Stockman made headlines in 2013 for bringing musician Ted Nugent to President Obama's State of the Union address in February 2013.

Rather than spending the money on Freedom House, Stockman secretly diverted the money to pay for a variety of personal expenses and to funnel contributions to his campaign under the guise that they were from other people, the affidavit states.

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