Politicians, lawmakers, and other members of Capitol Hill have come under heavy scrutiny in recent years. We’ve seen numerous accusations of various crimes, as well as potential ethics violations.
This includes members of both the current and previous administrations. The Trump and Obama eras have their fair share of questionable politicos, and one of them just plead guilty.
He’s a former adviser to President Barack Obama — and he didn’t just violate ethics, he allegedly stole from “those he promised to help.”
Seth Andrew was a former education adviser in the White House, a very high-ranking position in the world of Washington politics. But it seems he used that position to line his own pockets.
Andrew just plead guilty to one count of wire fraud, which means he could face up to 20 years in prison.
The ironic part of the case is that Andrew was an education adviser, and he’s accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from schools in New York City.
That’s why the crime seems especially heinous and as a result, the sentencing may be harsh. Though Andrew hasn’t been convicted, he has already plead guilty to stealing the money.
From Breitbart (via New York Post):
The guilty plea was in regard to an alleged scheme to take $218,000 from a group of charter schools the man founded in New York City.
‘Seth Andrew, 43, a former White House advisor, admitted today to devising a scheme to steal from the very same schools he helped create. Andrew now faces time in federal prison for abusing his position and robbing those he promised to help,’ U.S. Attorney Damian Williams explained in a statement Friday.
Andrew was arrested in April of 2021. At the time, he was accused of “misappropriating” funds that was supposed to go to the Democracy Prep charter school.
Basically, he’s accused of using that money to get a lower interest rate on a loan for a pricey Manhattan apartment, which apparently cost in the millions. This alerted authorities to the scheme.
Andrew was then charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and providing false statements to a financial institution.
The Post noted that Andrew was a senior adviser in the Obama administration, in the Office of Educational Technology, and remained there until the end of Obama’s reign in the White House.
And now, he’s accused of stealing from the very children he vowed to help.
Though it isn’t likely that he’ll receive the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, it certainly is a black mark on his career. And it makes people question former President Obama’s decision-making.
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When people like Andrew commit such crimes, it’s difficult for many citizens to trust those in power.
And the more stories that pop up of politicians, lawmakers, and advisers “misappropriating” funds for personal benefit, the more Americans will start to question the leadership on Capitol Hill.
They’re already questioning many members of the current administration, which has resulted in spiraling approval ratings and even more distrust in the government.