Bachmann aide busted for stealing ‘birthday money’ from Capitol Hill

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:59 EDT
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Rep. Michele Bachmann and former aide Javier Sanchez (WRC)
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An aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is out of a job and facing second-degree misdemeanor theft charges after a sting operation caught him allegedly stealing cash from the congresswoman’s office.

WRC reported that U.S. Capitol Police arrested 37-year-old Javier Sanchez on July 11 for two thefts in February and March of 2013.

According to an affidavit, police set up cameras in Bachmann’s office after cash started disappearing from her office earlier this year. Two envelopes — one marked “Petty Cash” with $80 and one marked “Birthday Money” with $120 — were left as bait.

June 14 surveillance video showed a man removing the cash from the envelope in the chief of staff’s office at around 6:30 p.m. By June 25, cash from both envelopes were reported missing.

The man in the video was later identified as Sanchez.

Sanchez initially insisted to police that he had not taken the money, but then asked for a lawyer after being shown the video.

“I may have taken a quarter once and a while, but I would pay it back,” he told police, according to the affidavit.

Police would not say if Sanchez was also a suspect in a string of thefts in the Rayburn House Office Building last year. He was working for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) at the time.

Watch this video from WRC, broadcast July 16, 2013.

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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