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FBI, Justice Investigating Rep. Aaron Schock's Campaign Funds

By    |   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 11:27 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun interviewing people close to Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock in what looks to be a criminal investigation into his irregular spending and expense claims, Politico reported.

The 33-year-old announced earlier this week that he would resign at the end of the month after weeks of questioning about his campaign and political finances.

A federal grand jury in Illinois has already been hearing evidence related to the case and is scheduled to gather testimony from witnesses next month, sources familiar with the issue told Politico.

The Office of Congressional Ethics had started to investigate the allegations, but will be forced to drop the case with Schock's resignation.

Politico said that a criminal probe could continue for an extended period of time after he leaves office.

The probe and attention to his personal conduct "made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself," Schock said Tuesday in announcing he would step down.

Schock's resignation came as a surprise to colleagues and the leadership. Reports indicate he did not give advance warning to House Speaker John Boehner.
 
His resignation came shortly after Politico questioned him about claiming reimbursement for tens of thousands of dollars in mileage which had not been clocked on the car he had been using.

Other news outlets have reported that Schock allegedly accepted improper gifts and used official and campaign funds for use of chartered jets for personal trips, Politico noted.

Schock has already paid back $40,000 for the expenses related to his "Downton Abbey" office makeover, and his office has said he will pay back expenses related to the mileage.
 

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