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Aide To Ex-Congressman Pleads Guilty To Theft

November 24, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An aide to a former congressman pleaded guilty to theft, admitting he billed the government for $19,000 in travel expenses and other costs while actually campaigning for the congressman’s son.

Jeremiah Bresnahan, who was administrative assistant to former Rep. Glenn Anderson, D-Calif., agreed Tuesday to cooperate fully with prosecutors in an investigation into whether others in Anderson’s office might also have committed a crime during last year’s campaign.

Anderson, who served in Congress for 24 years, did not seek re-election last year but his stepson, Evan Anderson Braude, made an unsuccessful bid to succeed him.

Bresnahan, 63, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges that ″at the direction of another″ he made a number of trips to California between May and November of 1992 to campaign for Braude and that he directed other members of Anderson’s staff to do the same.

He later ″made it appear ... that (he and the others) were conducting official business″ and billed the House of Representatives for expenses they incurred, the Justice Department charged.

There was no indication in the court documents that Anderson himself was involved, nor that the congressman might be a focus of the continuing investigation.

Bresnahan could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine but U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan postponed sentencing. Under the plea agreement the government agreed to recommend a reduced sentence if Bresnahan cooperates in the further investigation.

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