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Walter Edward Fauntroy
Democrat, District of Columbia (1971-1990)
The Honorable Walter Fauntroy, the delegate from the District of Columbia, pleaded guilty in 1995 to a felony charge of filing a false financial-disclosure statement in 1989. Fauntroy agreed that he falsely reported making a $23,887 end-of-the-year donation to a Washington, D.C., church, where he is the pastor. The Justice Department said Fauntroy reported the donation to make it appear that he was complying with a House rule then in effect that limited members' outside earnings to 30 percent of their annual salary.
He received a $1,000 fine and was required to perform 300 hours community service.
Walter Fauntroy became a member of the Congressional Probation Caucus.
The information came to light based on the Justice Department's long-standing probe of the House Banking scandal.
There also was a probe by the Justice Department and a grand jury investigation of Fauntroy's employment of Thomas J. Savage, the son of BadBody Gus Savage. It was charged that the younger Savage was on Fauntroy's payroll while he campaigned for a seat in the Illinois legislature. House rules require that Congressional employees work either in Washington or the Congressman's district. The Justice Department dropped the case, citing "insufficient evidence."
Sources: "D.C.'s Fauntroy Admits Disclosure Violation," Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mar. 23, 1995, 4A; "15-Month Inquiry on Fauntroy Ends," New York Times, April 26, 1990, A29.