Former Rep. Aaron Schock (R) reached an agreement with federal prosecutors Wednesday bringing an end to a criminal case over alleged misuse of campaign funds. Schock was first elected to represent Illinois’ 18th Congressional District in 2008. He held the seat until resigning in March 2015 following media reports that he had used campaign and office funds to cover personal expenses.
Schock was indicted on 24 counts, including fraud and theft of government property, on November 10, 2016. The case experienced several delays, including a change of venue from the Central to the Northern District of Illinois and the removal of several prosecutors and Judge Colin Bruce in separate instances of misconduct.
Under the terms of the agreement, Schock promised to reimburse his campaign $68,000 and to pay back taxes he had owed between 2010 and 2015. His campaign, which entered a guilty plea for a misdemeanor charge related to maintenance of financial records, was fined just over $26,000. Prosecutors agreed to put the case on hold for six months, at which point all charges against Schock will be dropped if he is found to be in compliance.