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Jason Posey Testifies How Former Rep. Steve Stockman Directed Fraud, Money Laundering

Posey explained how Stockman, then Posey’s boss, had him use tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions to pay for campaign expenses

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Andrew Schneider
Steve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017

Prosecutors in the trial of former Congressman Steve Stockman are nearing the end of their case. Former Stockman aide Jason Posey testified all day today.

Posey explained how he transferred tens of thousands dollars in charitable donations through various nonprofits under Stockman's control. Much of the money paid for expenses related to Stockman's bid to challenge Senator John Cornyn in the 2014 Texas Republican primary. After Stockman lost the primary, he had Posey transfer additional funds to explore the possibility of a Senate run in Alaska.

Posey said that, while he handled the money, Stockman controlled how every dollar was spent. Asked whether he understood what he was doing was wrong, Posey said yes. But Posey said he relied on Stockman for his pay, that he didn't have any other realistic job prospects, and by that point, he was in so deep he didn't see any way out.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case Wednesday.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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