WASHINGTON (CN) – A former office manager to the late Senator Ted Kennedy was convicted of wire fraud and theft after granting himself more than $75,000 in bonuses, then concealing it, federal prosecutors said. Ngozi Pole was convicted of five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property.
As a former Senate office manager, Pole’s jobs included transmitting salary information to the Senate Disbursing Office to adjust employees’ pay.
Prosecutors said that from 2003 to 2007, Pole submitted paperwork that boosted his own bonus payments by more $75,000. Then he hid the swag by sending information to the chief of staff that showed he received only authorized payments.
He was charged by a grand jury in late 2009.
Pole faces up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count, 10 years for theft of government property, and a fine of up to $250,000.
He will be sentenced on July 14.