TED KENNEDY AIDE CONVICTED

Published on: February 2, 2011
TED KENNEDY AIDE CONVICTED

Former office manager to late SEN. TED KENNEDY has been convicted on charges of wire fraud and theft in Washington, D.C.

Ngozi Pole, Kennedy's former Senate office manager, was found guilty after giving himself more than $75,000 in bonuses.

Pole was convicted on 5 counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property.

Pole's duties included transmitting salary information to the Senate Disbursing Office to adjust employees' pay - which prosecutors charged Pole pocketed

Prosecutors said the former Kennedy aide,  Pole, submitted paperwork boosting his own bonus payments by more $75,000 from 2003 through 2009.

He hid the plunder by transmitting information "proving" he received authorized payments.

Pole was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury investigation in late 2009.

The former Kennedy manager faces up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count, 10 years for theft of government property, and a $250,000 maximum fine.