Mimi Walters

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Sarah D. Wire
April 7, 2016

Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

“The charges against him involve incidents alleged to have occurred in the office of former Georgia Congressman Paul Broun in 2012-2014, before Rep. Walters became a member of Congress,” the Irvine Republican’s office said in a statement Thursday morning.

The Justice Department released the indictments Wednesday, including one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

The charges stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Broun, a Georgia Republican, and allegations that Broun used official funds to pay for a campaign consultant and Bowser tried to block an ethics probe into the matter.

Prosecutors allege that Republican campaign consultant Brett O’Donnell was paid nearly $44,000 in congressional funds. O’Donnell, whose work included debate prep for Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, pleaded guilty last September in an ethics case involving Broun.

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