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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

NRCC official sentenced in theft

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post editors

A federal judge Thursday sentenced Christopher J. Ward to 37 months in prison for stealing more than $844,000 from the National Republican Congressional Committee and other political fundraising committees for whom he worked as treasurer.

"I am truly sorry for what I did and I take full responsibility," said Ward, 42, formerly of Bethesda.

"This is a serious offense... You stole from small donor funds that worked to engage in political debate and the electoral process," said U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District. She added, "I'm not sure what happened to you, but you clearly lost your moral compass."

Kollar Kotelly ordered Ward to forfeit $844,718, including $812,825 in restitution.

Ward, divorced from his wife and mother of three children, aged 5 through 12, has turned over about $300,000, including proceeds from his house, and has no assets. The judge ordered him to pay back $150 a month upon release, in addition to tax and child support obligations.

Ward served as treasurer for 83 GOP committees in a decade, including at the NRCC from 2003 until 2008, and admitted stealing funds for seven years before being discovered in 2008 The cash augmented an income that eventually topped $300,000-a-year, paying for country club and private school tuition fees, home remodeling projects and vacation rentals. He will begin his sentence in January.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | December 2, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
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Shouldn't that title read, "NRCC official sentenced in theft"? RNC isn't the NRCC.

Posted by: Howard17 | December 2, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

A repub caught stealing red handed! Waht a shocker!!(NOT).

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

He's finished.

Posted by: slim21 | December 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele will be next!

Posted by: Special_One40 | December 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

WELL looks like he will be having Tom Delay as a Cell Mate...

Posted by: pdq2 | December 2, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

He won't even be able to get a job at McDonald's. He has absolutely no future.

Posted by: Maxima2 | December 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

A Christian Republican?

It must have been a set up by the Muslims.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 2, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

He should have applied through TARP. He would have gotten $8 million.

Posted by: woody3691 | December 2, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Another corrupt Republican, surprise, not!

Posted by: jab00 | December 2, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

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