Former Texas Congressman indicted for misusing donations

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Former Texas Congressman Stephen Stockman indicted in charity scam.

A grand jury has indicted former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman on charges he and a former aide orchestrated a scheme to misuse hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable donations for personal and campaign expenses.

The Republican ex-lawmaker was indicted in Houston federal court on Tuesday along with Jason Posey.

Both face a variety of charges, including mail and wire fraud, making excessive campaign contributions and money laundering. The indictment alleges both men misused much of $1.25 million in donations.

Shaun Clarke, Stockman's attorney, said Tuesday the ex-congressman "is an innocent man. He intends to enter a plea of not guilty."

Stockman, who served two non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House, is free on bond after his arrest this month.

Court records didn't list an attorney for Posey.

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