Ex-GOP Staffer Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $1.8 Million
Appearing before a federal judge, Barfield pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, filing a false tax return and embezzlement…
“You simply do not know what your sentence will be,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane told Barfield on Tuesday, noting the judge could lessen his sentence significantly or impose a harsher penalty.
Over the course of four years, Barfield consistently siphoned off Dewhurst campaign donations, at one point converting more than $162,000 in political contributions during one four-month period to $25,000 to for his own personal use.
Both Barfield, who now lives in Alabama, and his Austin-based lawyer E. G. Morris declined to comment after the hearing Tuesday. Morris said his office would not be issuing a statement.
Once Dewhurst’s most trusted campaign adviser, Barfield admitted in a court filing that he stole funds from two campaign accounts – the David Dewhurst Committee and Dewhurst for Texas – and used the money to pay the mortgage on his columned, two-story mansion in West Austin, on school tuition for his children, on personal investments and for assorted other living costs.[su_csky_ad]