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Joseph Paul Kolter
Democrat, Pennsylvania (1983-1992)
The Honorable Joe Kolter (D-Pennsylvania), a longtime fixture in Western Pennsylvania politics, was indicted in 1994 on five charges of stealing more than $40,000 from taxpayers. Kolter, who once was an accountant, should have known better.
Kolter was one of the Congressmen caught in the House Post Office scandal, that netted the big fish of Dan Rostenkowski.
The Jailbird Count: 6 months prison; fined $20,000; pay $9,300 restitution.
Indicted on five counts:
+ Illegally getting $11,000 in cash from the House Post Office
+ Using his congressional expense account to buy $33,000 in 650 pieces of glassware ($4,300), 40 watches ($4,300) , 2 gold necklaces ($440), (30 Mont Blanc pens, $3,300), 30 pieces of luggage ($2,000) and other items.
+ Concealing information from authorities.
Joe Kolter is a member of the House Prison Caucus.
Sources: Harry Stoffer, "Kolter Indicted in House Post Office Probe," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 19, 1994. "Members of Congress Convicted since 1995," Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 12, 2002.