Massachusetts Democrat Rep busted by FBI and IRS for corruption
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Democrat Representative David Nangle was arrested by the FBI and IRS on a 28-count indictment that includes a wide variety of corruption charges. Some of those charges include, at this time, bank fraud, wire fraud, lying to a bank, and even filing false tax returns.
So what happened?
It turns out that Nangle has an apparent gambling problem and he built up a lot of debts by doing so. He then turned to campaign funds and used money for reasons that would find him committing crimes of corruption.
As stated on ABC News:
"Time after time he allegedly used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, spending thousands of dollars on golf club fees, gas, gift cards, hotels, restaurants, flowers and rental cars for trips to casinos, some of which he had already been reimbursed for by taxpayers," said the FBI’s Joe Bonavolonta.
When regulators asked about these expenses, prosecutors said Nangle "fraudulently described the purpose of such spending as political in nature."
However, not everyone agrees with the FBI and IRS. Nangle's attorney stood up for him, as all attorney's generally do, and made a statement to ABC News in his client's defense.
That statement included:
"David Nangle is a good man who has proudly served his district as a state representative," Nangle's attorney, William Connolly, said in a statement to ABC News. "The charges against David are nothing more than allegations. We will fight these charges in court.."
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Nangle's salary might be around the $100,000 area during his time as a representative - information that can be obtained or found in court records.
But that apparently did not matter when it came to Nangle's alleged gambling issues.
"Despite his salary and perks, Nangle was heavily in debt, had poor credit and had regular cash flow problems as a result of extensive gambling at various casinos in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, among others -- placing thousands of bets on internet gambling sites," per the indictment.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, then please get help.