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  Aaron Schock strikes deal to have corruption case dropped
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 06, 2019 07:26pm
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AuthorJosh Gerstein
News DateWednesday, March 6, 2019 05:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn a stunning reversal, the Justice Department dropped its corruption case against former Rep. Aaron Schock on Wednesday, agreeing to a settlement that would leave him with no criminal conviction if he pays $110,000 in restitution and taxes and stays out of legal trouble for six months.

The unusual deal — under which Schock will not admit any criminal offense but his campaign committee will plead guilty to a misdemeanor — was struck after the Justice Department transferred the case out of the original prosecutor’s office in Springfield, Ill., and sent it to other prosecutors in Chicago.

Schock (R-Ill.) was indicted in 2016 on 24 felony counts alleging that he fleeced taxpayers and campaign donors through false expense claims, including inflated mileage reimbursements, personal travel expenses and camera gear — and by using campaign funds to buy Super Bowl tickets that he sold online.

He resigned in 2015 over the scandal.
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