A jury Tuesday convicted a former office manager for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy on charges of stealing more than $75,000 in unauthorized annual and holiday bonus payments.
Ngozi Pole, 40, of Waldorf, Md., was convicted on five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft. Pole was charged in December 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In Kennedy’s office, Pole’s duties included sending salary information to a Senate office.
Federal prosecutors in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section said Pole submitted and received unauthorized bonus payments between 2003 and 2007. The prosecution, led by attorneys Deborah Sue Mayer and Ethan Levisohn, told jurors Pole hid the bonus payments through false information provided to Kennedy’s chief of staff.
Kennedy’s office cooperated with the investigation. For more background on Pole, click here.
“Employees of Congress are entrusted with performing their duties honestly and ethically,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said in a written statement. “While hundreds of them live up to that important duty every day, we will, as today’s verdict shows, hold accountable those few who use their positions to illegally enrich themselves.”
Pole, represented by Washington solo practitioner Rudolph Acree Jr., is scheduled to be sentenced July 14 before Judge Emmet Sullivan. Each wire fraud charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. The theft count carries a 10-year maximum prison term.