– Federal prosecutors have charged two former members of the Virginia Legislature, the former chair of the Republican Party and a former lobbyist for a Virginia energy firm, with crimes ranging from fraud to theft.
The two men are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to obtain property under false pretenses, and making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney William H. Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick said the men’s behavior was consistent with that of a “corrupt group of political hacks” who “stole money from Virginia residents, taxpayers and the government.”
Fitzman also said the indictments came as a result of an FBI investigation into the alleged crimes and that the charges will not be prosecuted in the United States.
The indictments, filed on Monday, were unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria.
The case centers on two individuals, who Fitzpatrick called “two of the most corrupt political hacks in Virginia history,” who he said were involved in a scheme to illegally purchase a $2.6 million house in a Richmond suburb, according to a statement from Fitzpatrick’s office.
The house was worth $2 million when it was purchased, but the two individuals allegedly used the proceeds to purchase a luxury SUV and a Rolls Royce, which was later stolen, according the statement.
The indictment also says that the men “attempted to conceal the existence of this fraud from the public and the public at large.”
The two defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in U.K. Magistrates Court on Nov. 13.
A person familiar with the matter said the indictment was the result of a plea bargain reached with federal prosecutors in Virginia.
The plea deal was not disclosed.