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Former Kennedy staffer charged with theft from Senate

A former office manager for deceased Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 from the U.S. Senate, authorities said.

Ngozi T. Pole, 39, was indicted Tuesday on charges of wire fraud and theft of government property. Pole, of Waldorf, could face up to 20 years in prison, according to the Justice Department.

Authorities said Pole was Kennedy’s office manager and was responsible for transmitting salary and bonus information to the Senate Disbursing Office to ensure employees were properly paid.

From 2003 through 2007, the indictment alleges, Pole submitted fraudulent paperwork that boosted his pay and bonuses by more than $75,000.

He hid his scam by giving Kennedy staffers documents that falsely showed he was receiving the proper pay and bonuses, prosecutors said.

Kennedy died in August from brain cancer.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

By Del Wilber  |  December 16, 2009; 10:11 AM ET
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse  
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