Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Alabama Lawmaker Guilty On Seven Felony Fraud Counts - Is Automatically Removed From State Legislature
Alabama state representative, Sue Schmitz (Democrat-Toney, AL), was found guilty by a jury on seven felony fraud counts this morning at her second trial. Schmitz, 63, was originally charged with four counts of mail fraud and four counts of fraud for getting paid by a federally funded program without doing any work. The first trial ended in an 11-1 deadlock on one count of the indictment, forcing a second trial. She allegedly used influence to obtain a job as program coordinator for community and external affairs with the Community Intensive Training for Youth ("CITY") program and was paid a total of $177,251 from January 2003 to October 2006, doing little or no work.