Former congressman's chief of staff charged in ethics case

AP News
Posted: Apr 06, 2016 7:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman's chief of staff has been charged with using congressional funds to pay a campaign consultant.

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the eight-count indictment of 45-year-old David G. Bowser of Arlington, Virginia.

Prosecutors did not identify the former congressman for whom Bowser worked, but he had been chief of staff to a Georgia Republican, Paul Broun.

Prosecutors allege that Bowser hired a campaign consultant, Brett O'Donnell, and paid him nearly $44,000 in congressional funds. A well-known Republican debate coach, O'Donnell pleaded guilty last September in an ethics case involving Broun.

Bowser is also charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the misuse of funds and with making false statements.

It's not clear if Bowser has an attorney. A telephone listing for Bowser hasn't been found.