Former Rep. Steve Stockman was arrested and charged with conspiring to violate federal election laws, KPRC-TV in Houston is reporting. Stockman is accused of funneling that money back to himself through payments to employees.
Stockman served a term in the U.S. House from 1995 until 1997 and another from 2013 until 2015.
The 36th district is located in southeast Texas and includes the counties of Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty and Chambers in addition to portions of southeast Harris County encompassing the Johnson Space Center. The Texas Tea Party member is accused of setting up a charity then conspiring to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars from it for his personal use. But the check was deposited at a bank branch in Webster, Texas, into an account set up by Stockman doing business as Life Without Limits, according to the affidavit.
The "Texas Tribune" also did a story on the allegations against Stockman and that story stated that the allegations stem from a sworn statement from an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent that was unsealed Thursday.
"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", read a sworn statement by FBI Agent Vanessa Walther, that was unsealed in federal court in Houston Friday, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The wrongdoing allegedly happened in 2011 after Stockman created a nonprofit organization called Life Without Limits. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 but lost in the Republican primary to incumbent John Cornyn, who won re-election.
According to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, Stockman accepted a $350,000 donation from an unnamed wealthy businessman for the Las Vegas-based charity Life Without Limits.