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Carl Christopher Perkins
Democrat, Kentucky (1983-1992)
The Honorable Chris Perkins served 21 months in prison as a part of the House banking scandal. Perkins had written 514 bad checks, totaling $300,000 and made false and misleading statements to obtain loans from commercial banks. In 1994, he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, conspiracy to file false statements with Federal Election Commission, and filing false financial-disclosure statements with the House.
Perkins became a member of the House Prison Caucus.
But there's more . . .
In 2000, he was sentenced to three months in a Lexington, Kentucky, halfway house in another case related to the House banking scandal. He pleaded guilty to criminal contempt, admitting that he lied to a federal probation office about his income while a judge was trying to determine whether he should be fined for his role in the scandal.
Court documents showed that Perkins said his combined income in 1993 and 1994 was approximately $175,000. In fact if was at least $315,000 in 1994 alone.
Perkins also joins the select company in the Congressional Two-Time Losers Caucus.
As of 2004, Perkins is an ordained Presbyterian minister in Ezel, Kentucky.
Sources: Roger Alford, "Fallen Kentucky Congressman Goes from Prison to Pulpit," AP, Dec. 4, 2004; Nancy Zuckerbrod, "Ex-Congressman Sentenced to Three Months in Half-Way House," AP, June 13, 2000;