A second aide to former Texas congressman Steve Stockman has been sentenced for his part in Stockman’s million-dollar “white-collar crime spree.”
U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal sentenced Jason Posey to 18 months in prison and ordered him to pay $721,573.94 in restitution and legal forfeiture, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District of Texas office.
Posey, 48, of Tupelo, Miss., pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal felony charges of money laundering and mail and wire fraud and provided key testimony in a trial that resulted in conviction and a 10-year prison sentence for his former boss, Stockman, in November.
A second aide, Thomas Dodd, 40, of Houston, was also sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution and legal forfeiture in connection with Stockman’s scheme to convert campaign donations to his personal use.
At Stockman’s trial last April, Posey presented himself as a dupe in Stockman’s campaign donation scheme, testifying that he once introduced himself to a visitor to their Washington, D.C. office as “Jason Posey and I just do what I’m told.”
Stockman, once referred to by Texas Monthly as “Congressman Clueless,” served one term in the U.S. House in 1995-97 representing what was then District 9 in East Texas. It was after he was elected to another term in 2013-15, serving the suburban Houston District 36, that Stockman hatched his scheme, as The Texas Monitor has reported. A year after the Republican was elected the second time, he announced he would give up his seat to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn from his own party, but lost in the 2014 primary.
Not long after that unsuccessful challenge, a federal grand jury indicted Stockman, Posey and Dodd for their roles in soliciting what prosecutors said was $1.25 million in campaign donations, setting up phony nonprofit organizations to launder the donations and bank accounts from which Stockman drew money. The funds paid for dolphin watching, hot air balloon excursions and a variety of household expenses.
A federal jury in Houston convicted Stockman, 62, of Clear Lake, on 23 of 24 felony counts connected to the scheme. At Stockman’s trial Posey testified that he helped set up one of the false nonprofits and under orders from Stockman wrote big checks in his and Dodd’s names for personal deposit for Stockman.
Dodd had earlier testified that he had solicited contributions under false pretenses from the conservative Ed Uihlein Foundation. Dodd also testified that the people from whom he solicited charitable contributions were aware they were really paying for political favors.
Both Posey and Dodd had pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges stemming from their roles in the Stockman scheme.
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