Guilty Plea Planned By Congressional Aide
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A longtime aide to a former congressman will plead guilty to stealing government money and services by getting a salary and travel expenses while doing campaign work, the Justice Department said Friday.
But Jeremiah Bresnahan, 63, who was administrative assistant to retired Rep. Glenn Anderson, D-Calif., was acting ″at the direction of another unnamed individual″ when he committed the felony, the government said.
The department did not reveal if a plea agreement called for Bresnahan to provide evidence against the person who directed his actions.
The theft charge was filed in U.S. District Court on Friday, and the department said Bresnahan would plead guilty at a date to be determined by the court.
Bresnahan did not immediately respond to a phone call to his home in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
However, Damien Schorr, an attorney in the Pittsburgh, Pa. firm of Bresnahan’s lawyer, Dan Hull, confirmed that he would be pleading guilty.
The government said Bresnahan accepted a congressional salary and charged the government for expenses while claiming to be on official business when he was actually campaigning for Anderson’s stepson, Evan Anderson Braude, who was trying to succeed Anderson.
In addition, the government alleged that Bresnahan directed members of Anderson’s Washington staff to do the same and to make it appear that they were conducting official business when they were working on the campaign.
Bresnahan and other employees submitted vouchers to the House of Representatives seeking reimbursement for their travel expenses for the campaign trips.
The government’s total loss in salaries and reimbursements exceeded $19,000, the department said.
The FBI conducted the investigation and the case was being handled by the Justice Department Criminal Division’s public integrity section.